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.
Consumers or community members could help with writing or commenting on:
- Grant applications
- Information sheets and consent forms
- Pamphlets and brochures
- Plain language summaries
- Reports and documents about the dissemination of research results
- Presentations to community groups
Putting it into practice
Western Australian Register of Developmental Anomalies
The Western Australian Register of Developmental Anomalies collects information about where and when developmental anomalies are occurring in Western Australia. The Register has a community reference group, which provides comments on applications from researchers to access Register data for new grant applications. The community reference group was also involved in the development of the Register website and printed materials.