Public Meetings/Town Halls are large organized meetings open to the general public, including people with lived experience of a health issue(s). Typically, it starts with a short presentation by the health researcher to provide background information about the research decision to be made, then the floor is opened to patient/public partners to ask questions or share comments and concerns. The opportunity for the general public to engage in dialogue about particular decisions around the research process (i.e. research priorities, questions, design, outcome measures, interpreting findings, and dissemination) should be the main focus of the event.
These types of meetings can be useful for:
- Sharing information about your research or project with patients and/or the public.
- Creating a space for patients and/or members of the public to share their perspectives on what research priorities, outcome measures and questions reflect the needs of those with lived experience of the health issue(s).
- Engage and welcome all people, families, friends and communities with lived experience to express both positive and negative feedback.
Note: These are open meetings - the direction(s) that the dialogue takes is dependent on the group that you are engaging.