Getting involved: what would I have to do?
- We are aiming to set up a group of people who are interested in infant feeding related research. The group will consist of ten people who are from various backgrounds and will meet as a group four times throughout the 2018 year in the Galway city region – at a date and time that is agreed by you, the group
- The meetings will be on average one-two hours and will discuss aspects of infant feeding practises and behaviour. We want your opinions on for example:
- What is the best way to contact parents, to tell them about this study and ask them to take part?
- What is your opinion regarding infant feeding health messages
- We usually give participants a written explanation of a study – it is very helpful when a member of the public reads what we have written and tells us if what we have written makes sense or what needs changing
- Communicate for us: you might help to make or to review material that explain our research
- Help manage a study: for example, sit on a steering committee that meets a few times during the study to make sure that the opinion and view of the public helps guide the study
The benefits of getting involved
- Your travel costs will be covered and we will also give you vouchers as an appreciation of the time that you have given up to become involved in our research
- Tea/Coffee and refreshments/lunch will be provided at each meeting
- Your voice and opinions will be captured and you will help shape the direction of our infant feeding research and in turn what support services might be offered to parents of young children in the future
- It will be a nice informal and sociable setting that you will hopefully look forward to attending!
What difference can I make?
Infant feeding practices matter. My opinion matters too. By getting involved in research, I can help Team CHErIsH to:
- Know what aspects of infant feeding matter most to parents and their families, so that we know what we should be trying to improve
- Plan our research so that parents will be happy to participate in our studies and are more likely to stay involved in a study right up to the end
- Develop new approaches that mothers are more likely to follow
- Inform other parents about research that is relevant to them
- Communicate results
- Bring about change in the infant feeding healthcare and support that is delivered in Ireland and worldwide
- If you do consent to participate, please note that you may withdraw at any time