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