In 2015 I was lucky enough to be awarded a Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellowship . Through the fellowship, I explored the use of applied performance techniques to facilitate public involvement in health research.
The Fellowship model is very flexible. Rather than doing a set project, there is a focus on developing future leaders and best practice. I’ve shared a lot of the learning from my fellowship via this blog.
There are some key themes / questions which have emerged from my fellowship:
- Learning across boundaries – What are the differences between involvement, engagement and participatory research? Does it matter? How can we share learning across different fields?
- Ethical Engagement – What ethical frameworks do people use? Where does formal regulation fit in? How do people in different fields approach and describe ethical challenges?
- Simulation – Can simulating clinical encounters and research processes open up discussion with new audiences?
- Storytelling – How can we use the power of stories to engage and inspire? How can we ensure that people’s stories are worked with in an ethical and respectful way?
- Supporting Engagement Practitioners – What are the career paths within engagement and involvement? How can we better support people and develop future leaders?
- Facilitation – How can creative, participatory facilitation support meaningful conversations about health? How can I promote facilitation as a valued research skill?