A community expo is an opportunity for consumers, community members and researchers to come together to get a ‘taste’ of research being conducted within a particular group or organisation.
Involving consumers or community members to review documents associated with the research can assist in producing documents that can be easily understood. It can also be very helpful in identifying jargon and acronyms.
Involving consumer and/or community organisations to review pamphlets, brochures, information sheets, consent forms or writing lay summaries of research projects can assist in producing documents that can be easily understood by health consumers or community members. It can be very helpful in 'detecting' jargon and acronyms.
Consumers and/or community members are increasingly involved in providing a consumer or community perspective on grant applications. Organisations such as state based Cancer Councils and Cancer Australia require researchers to state how they will involve consumers in their research in grant applications. They have developed guidelines for consumer review of their grant applications and consumers are involved in all aspects of their research grant allocation process.
This involves holding one-off or occasional meetings with community members or consumers who have a common or shared interest to ask for their views or input. This could be about the design of:
- a specific project
- community issues
- priorities for new research
- the potential impact or benefit to the community
- research results or findings