Investigators should begin by contacting CTSI to request a Stakeholder Engagement Studio (SES). SES can be facilitated at any stage but should be requested early in the research process, if possible, as SES may take up to 4 weeks to plan from the initial request.
The researcher then meets with the Community PARTners team to:
Next, the SES team coaches the investigator on communicating effectively with community experts. Based on the meeting sessions with the researcher, the SES team will identify community experts through a diverse, inclusive and equitable framework. Once identified, the SES team will prepare the group for the studio session, including community ethics training, honorarium set up, and review of the researcher’s work.
Finally on Studio Day, CTSI Community Engagement Core and ISP will facilitate. Studios will typically be about two hours in length.
By means of a follow up, notes from the SES are organized and presented to the researcher for feedback. Community participants will also receive the feedback.
Research findings typically take 17 years to reach the target community. Involving stakeholders, however, expedites the process and provides better results overall.