Ethics & Engagement across the Wellcome Trust Major Overseas Programmes
Hope you have all been keeping well.
We have been making progress with the benefits and payments study. We are still at the very initial stages of setting up our study. All the same, we have set a timeline for the different stages of the study. We will be starting off, end of this month, with a workshop with our community facilitators. We aim to use this workshop to work together with our experienced facilitators in helping us think through some of the planned work. It will also be an opportunity for the facilitators to get acquainted with using deliberative approaches in community consultation focusing on the issue of benefits and payments to research participants.
The pilot phase will follow and this involves having an information sharing workshop with at least 10 of our programme fieldworkers drawn from various research projects. Shortly after, the workshop will be followed by small group discussions. The data drawn from the pilot phase will be analysed and will help inform our main phase which is set for the month of November.
In the main phase we will be inviting 2 groups (30 participants per group) of various community members. Each group will be invited for an information sharing workshop and later invited for the small group discussions. For the small group discussions, we intend to split the individual groups into smaller groups of 4-5 participants for meaningful discussions.
In the meantime, we are working on the tools that will be used in these different stages of the study.
Looking forward to keeping you updated as the study rolls out.
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