Research buddies are consumers or community members who provide links between the researcher, other consumers and community members, organisations or the research funder.
They receive reports (usually annually or twice-yearly) on how the research is progressing and they feed this back to their community or to other consumers. They can also help with raising awareness and disseminating the results of research to consumers and community members.
Research buddies can:
- Be particularly helpful when the researcher is using linked data or working in a laboratory and does not have direct contact with consumers or community members
- Provide insight into unexpected or unexplained research findings
- Help with the dissemination of the research