Following initial approach and scoping involving the researchers and Panel Coordinators, an agreement is reached between the researcher and the Panel Coordinators or the Director of CSRH, documenting the involvement of the Panel in providing community input and control for each specific study. The Panel Coordinators then select suitable members based on the nature of the research, and contact the members to invite their involvement for that study.
Depending on the study duration, the involvement of the members may be limited to one consultation, or could be a series of consultations and can be on an ongoing basis throughout the project. The consultations will be semi-structured, with topics customised to each study according to the research objectives, procedures and target population.
The sub-group selected for a project will normally remain in place for the lifetime of the project for which it is engaged. The sub-group can provide ongoing review over the project’s lifespan. However, members are free to withdraw from participation at any time. If members withdraw or are unavailable for specific consultations, the Panel Coordinators will endeavour to invite additional community members to participate.