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Stage 3: Design

Informally engage with one or two people with insight or lived experience for initial ideas. Decide what degree of involvement you are looking for according to what activities you expecting public contributors to be involved in. Try to maximise opportunities for involvement within confines presented by ethics committee requirements, funding and time available. Design your systems for gaining that involvement more formally e.g. exploratory discussion or event, advisory group, reference group, research methods training etc. Employ approaches that help public contributors to express their ideas and enable them to be listened to. Identify public contributors' training and support needs and respond to these fully as individuals or groups. Don't underestimate the challenge of these activities and build in time and funding for them in your bid. Seek advice or input from others experienced at training public contributors to be involved in research. Plan where to access public contributors, see preliminary stage explanatory notes on Identifying public contributors for Involvement, and establish what is required for recognition payments and expenses, including mechanisms for these permitted by your organisation. Aim for a minimum of two public contributors on an advisory group or similar and consider more for peer support, in case public contributors leave and for variety of views.