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Stage 8: Dissemination

Plan early for publicity and dissemination of project activities and findings. Build costing for public contributors to be involved in dissemination into your research proposal. Identify public contributors' preferences for involvement in dissemination and train and support accordingly e.g. presentation skills, poster development. Find out where public contributors would like findings to be disseminated and the best means e.g. informal presentations at community groups. Value their suggestions as much as dissemination in professional journals especially after project end when researchers' commitment may shift to their next study. Take on board user views on what constitutes a plain language report and don't limit their input to summary reports only. Remember that plain language makes your report more accessible to professionals outside your specialism too.