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Stage 6: Undertaking Research

Establish public contributors' previous work roles, life experiences etc from which they may have transferable skills and knowledge. Public contributors may want to develop new skills rather than use existing ones. Discuss what opportunities are available and discuss levels and types of possible involvement. Train and support public contributors for roles and activities they are to undertake. Appreciate that public contributors may not know at the outset what kind of involvement they would like. Also, that public contributors may not want to be involved in all available stages of the research process and may want to contribute fully or in part to certain activities e.g. analysis of data. Prepare the study environment for such involvement including preparing the research team for public contributor involvement.