We promote the community ‘voice’ in health research.

Steering groups

These are groups of stakeholders who steer and influence the research project. It will have more influence and involvement than a reference group, which only provides advice.

Therefore this method is only appropriate if involving consumers or community members from a very early stage in the project. A steering group may also consist of a range of other stakeholders and may be referred to as a steering panel.Steering groups can consist of any or all of these stakeholders:

  • Researchers
  • Clinicians, policy makers, health administrators
  • Consumers or community members
  • Members of consumer advocacy organisations and/or non government organisations