Writing or commenting on documents

Involving consumers or community members to review documents associated with the research can assist in producing documents that can be easily understood. It can also be very helpful in identifying jargon and acronyms.

Consumers or community members could help with writing or commenting on:

  • Grant applications
  • Information sheets and consent forms
  • Pamphlets and brochures
  • Plain language summaries
  • Reports and documents about the dissemination of research results
  • Presentations to community groups

Putting it into practice

Western Australian Register of Developmental Anomalies

The Western Australian Register of Developmental Anomalies collects information about
 where and when developmental anomalies are occurring in Western Australia. The Register has a community reference group, which provides comments on applications from researchers to access Register data for new grant applications. The community reference group was also involved in the development of the Register website and printed materials. 

Centre for Health Services Research

The Centre for Health Services Research had members of their Consumer Reference Group review plain language summaries of the research that is displayed on their website. The plain language summaries are displayed with the scientific summaries of the research projects. The summaries are jargon free and enable a non-scientific reader to understand what the research is about.