East of England (EoE) NIHR ARC Masterclass on Deep Community Co-working and Co-Production (DCCC) bringing in systems, services and academic communities - PEDS03

Community engagement to drive evidence-driven local population health action underpins the theme approach. This is Phase 1 of an initiative aiming to identify how established methods and approaches from elsewhere can be drawn on to inform the way in which we engage with communities.


As we develop our thematic work it is increasingly clear that we need to draw on others’ experiences to develop the most informed approach to deep whole community engagement. Our strategy needs to be co-developed with communities and diverse community groups, but our pre-strategy for this engagement in itself must be developed in an informed way. Working with the PCEIP and IIRP theme we envisage engaging with those from an academic background and lay participants in community engagement activities to get a broad range of perspectives.

To ensure we develop the most informed approaches within the East of England it seems wise to bring together those from elsewhere who have great experience of such approaches, our local partners and our own theme teams. In this phase of the project, we will learn as much as we can from these leading researchers to inform how we reach out and into communities that works as well as possible. This includes principles of working, case examples of how this has gone well and what has not, how to avoid multiple and unhelpful approaches and inadvertent disrespect between the different languages and perspectives of different community and research groups


The aim of this exercise is to collate information from experts and those with experience in DCCC to enable ARC EoE theme leads to learning from recognised exemplars of good practice outside the region. This will help facilitate cross-theme discussion on how established methods and approaches from elsewhere can be drawn on to inform ARC EoE activity.

Specific objectives

  • Gather together information on established methods and approaches for DCCC
  • Identify good practice and provide recognised exemplars as case studies
  • Identify pitfalls, and approaches to timing
  • Learning how researchers experience developing critical mutual respect in a systematic manner across diverse sectors of communities
  • Identify particular methods or approaches that may be suitable to bring as suggestions to co-production with our collaborators in populations in focus

Researchers and Institutions 

Professor Carol Brayne, University of Cambridge

Dr. Sowmiya Moorthie, University of Cambridge

Dr. Louise Lafortune, University of Cambridge

Dr. Sian Evans, University of Cambridge


Dr. Sowmiya Moorthie