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Clare Wilkinson and Emma Weitkamp

profile, or newspaper description of you, 1 can provide a similar essence, and there is growing evidence that computer-mediated communications can simulate the face-to-face experience (Kappas and Krämer, 2011 ) but such approaches may not allow you the same sense of opportunity to connect with your participants as fellow individuals. In some cases, face-to-face settings can provide more time for informal interaction, be it sharing a coffee during a break in activities or engaging in an informal conversation about the morning’s weather, all of which may help a

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Clare Wilkinson and Emma Weitkamp

(Davies et al. , 2009 ; Chilvers, 2008 ; Davies, 2008 ). At first many such communication and engagement initiatives were primarily focused on ‘STEM’ subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths), an acronym which originally emerged in the United States. Over time as the infrastructure for ‘science’ communication has increased, we have seen an extension of this conversation, with some now proposing a model which includes the arts and design: STEAM (science, technology, engineering and maths, art and design, or science, technology, engineering

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Clare Wilkinson and Emma Weitkamp

social media for research communication. We define social media as those internet-based tools and platforms that allow individuals to create content, some of which also facilitate conversations and networking between individuals. Social media offer the potential of many-to-many communication, though in practice we also see both few-to-many (for example high-profile Twitter or YouTube accounts that have many followers) and few-to-few (for example, some LinkedIn Groups have only a few hundred members, but many of these members post regularly and comment on each other

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Clare Wilkinson and Emma Weitkamp

research, whether it is good or bad news, and also whether it reveals anything unexpected. Importantly, as Ruth shares, it mediates between the policymaker and scientist: ‘the process of producing our publications is itself another way that the scientific evidence comes into contact with policymakers. In checking facts, statistics and methodologies, the SfEP team facilitates a conversation between researchers and policymakers, which sometimes makes evident differences of attitude or interpretation – which we try to discuss openly.’ SfEP has expanded from an

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Clare Wilkinson and Emma Weitkamp

might typically be the case. ‘You have to step off your busy hectic life of deadlines and work and whatever else is going on to just slow down and listen ,’ explained Helena. ‘Older people don’t necessarily have the same time constraints and so everything needs to be done at their pace.’ As the process drew to a close, Helena had thought carefully about the needs of those who had participated. Information was available on aspects like bereavement support, as this sometimes came up in the course of the conversation. Rather than payment for time, Helena

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Designing and road testing new measurement scales
Patrick Callaghan

involved in the programme felt that there were no adequate measures for assessing involvement in mental health care planning. As a group we reviewed lots of existing measures. We had some intense conversations about the wording of questionnaires, and these discussions highlighted how loaded some words can be. 92 BEE (RESEARCH) PRINT.indd 92 11/05/2018 16:15 As a group we felt strongly that we needed to devise a new measure, one that was both relevant and acceptable to service users. Our opinions fed straight into the design of the EQUIP programme - the team included

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Helen Brooks, Penny Bee and Anne Rogers

research methods. 101 BEE (RESEARCH) PRINT.indd 101 11/05/2018 16:15 Qualitative interviewing exercise Develop an interview guide on the topic of mental health and wellbeing. Conduct the interview with a willing friend or colleague. Your interview guide can be written as an aid to hold a ‘conversation with a purpose’. You want to understand what mental health and wellbeing might mean from an insider perspective. Write down the key points arising during the interview. You might want to consider and reflect on: challenges of defining wellbeing: • the • What is it

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Helen Brooks and Penny Bee

conversations about the research or hosting a Reddit Ask Me Anything Session) A Research Handbook for Patient and Public Involvement Researchers well-known bloggers or vloggers in the field and asking if they • Approaching are interested in writing an article about the research a social media campaign led by service-user and carer • Developing researchers which is specifically targeted in terms of relevance and 135 BEE (RESEARCH) PRINT.indd 135 11/05/2018 16:16 Figure 31 Example impact from use of Reddit Ask Me Anything Session. The research community The most common

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Clare Wilkinson and Emma Weitkamp

people have complex relationships with research, based not only on knowledge, but on views, attitudes, beliefs and trust. With evidence, time and a context for engagement, engagement techniques open conversation to provide mutual benefits (John et al. , 2011 ). In terms of the media environment, new technology and the internet have been one reason, but as Carpentier et al. ( 2014a ) point out, not the only reason, why the concept of audiences has altered to recognise a more engaged consumer of information. In the new media context the idea of ‘users’ has

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what a project aimed to achieve, as well as those who see no purpose at all in evaluating. An open conversation about the evaluation and the differing ‘values’ in operation amongst stakeholders (DePoy and Gilson, 2008 ), when discussing the aims of a project, will help to design an evaluation which is effective for all involved and might flag interesting points or considerations which you may not have thought about before. Research communication can encourage such a variety of outcomes: educational, artistic, participatory, pragmatic and behavioural, to name but a

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