Public Advisers focus on research in workshop

Members of the CLAHRC NWC Public Reference Panel were brought together to learn about the practical processes involved in cutting-edge research and the use of evidence synthesis, to help assist them as they become more embedded in the organisation’s themed research work.

It was the latest in a series of “Focus on…” workshops, which aim to provide Public Advisers with the skills and tools they need to maximise their public engagement role.  

In an introduction provided by Dr. Mick McKeown (Reader in Democratic Mental Health, University of Central Lancashire and member of the CLAHRC NWC Improving Mental Health Theme Team) and Dr. George Georgiou (CLAHRC NWC Research Capacity Delivery Manager), the concept of how research can be transferable and applied across organisations was outlined. Milestones in research development, types of research and explanations of how evidence-based medicine has set new benchmarks were all discussed. 

Public Advisers were able to ask questions and share their experiences to date of working on research projects within the CLAHRC NWC. They were also presented with examples of evidence synthesis, which involves the development of techniques to combine multiple sources of quantitative evidence from Lesley Harper, Senior Research Fellow (CPD) & Theme Manager for Evidence Synthesis Collaboration.    

“We want our Public Reference Panel Members to have high levels of confidence by attending these workshops, they are purely aimed at ensuring Public Advisers are comfortable with what they do and are aware of the language, processes and expectations of their input,” said Jenny Irvine, Public Engagement Facilitator for CLAHRC NWC.

Public Adviser Mo Thomas said: “I enjoy looking up research and have picked up a lot of points today which will make doing that even more effective.”

More articles     Posted on: 20 September 2016