A Project Partner is an individual collaborator or organisation (academic or non-academic) that will have an integral role in the proposed research project.
It is important to consider what expertise you need to carry out the project and then identify who can provide this expertise. There are a number of self service supports listed below, which may help you find future project partners.
A stakeholder is an individual, group, or organization, that may use, affect, be affected by, or perceive itself to be affected by a decision, activity, or outcome of a project.
It is important to think about why and with whom you want to engage at an early stage in the project development.
Ideally stakeholder engagement should be thought about in parallel with the design of the research activity. The aim should be to prioritise those engagement activities that will enhance the quality or impact of your research.
Read this short guide (8 min read): How to do Stakeholder Analysis
Public involvement in research is based on the idea that people who are affected by research have a right to inform that research. Meeting with key stakeholders including members of the public, technical experts, service providers and users, other researchers, community partners, policymakers, industry liaisons and funders allows for maximum input as the research question takes shape. Remember to:
UCD PPI ignite is a programme that is focused on supporting and embedding public and patient involvement (PPI) in health and social care research. For further information, you can contact: Dr Éidín Ní Shé: firstname.lastname@example.org or Professor Thilo Kroll: email@example.com
If you want to find collaborators or networks for research partnerships, you might consider the following:
The HSE have a practical guide for researchers on Stakeholder Engagement
The United Nations have a guide to stakeholder engagement for those working towards Sustainable Development Goals
Public Engagement: National Co-ordinating Committee for Public Engagement - UK
Engaged Research Toolkits are available from the Irish Universities Association (IUA)
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