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Community Engagement

Working collaboratively and engaging with communities is at the heart of ARC EoE

We work to engage and involve under-represented communities in health and social care research and develop community-led approaches to solve problems. Four 'populations of focus' have been identified to focus our community engagement in:

  • Great Yarmouth and Waveney
  • Peterborough and Fenland
  • Stevenage
  • Thurrock

The Reaching Out Programme

Reaching Out was commissioned by INVOLVE and the Research Design Service in 2018.

  • Purpose - to encourage the development of new public involvement and engagement relationships, and new or more effective approaches to building relationships within communities.
  • Emphasis - on members of the community who are not usually, or consistently, involved in health, social care and public health research.
  • Aim - to support new or improved research partnerships and broaden involvement in research. 

INVOLVE has published A Practical Guide to Being Inclusive in Public Involvement in Health based on the learnings from the Reaching Out Projects

More information can be found here

Increasing participation of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) groups in health and social care research

Download the "Increasing participation of BAME groups in research toolkit" from the NIHR ARC East Midlands website here. This toolkit aims to capture best practice and provide researchers with a framework on how to improve the participation of BAME groups in research.