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Table 2 Learning point 1 – regular communication

From: Broadening diversity through creative involvement to identify research priorities

If replicating this work, regular communication with the artist(s) is critical. Set up an initial meeting to discuss what being part of a project involves. Give them time to ask questions. Be open and accessible as researchers. Encourage the artist to express any concerns or queries. Offer feedback and constructive suggestions as artists sometimes questioned whether what they were producing was what the project team required or expected. We would extend this importance of regular communication to the groups involved in workshops, so they understand what the project entails, how they can contribute and are provided with access to the final artwork. We also, as a team, met once a month to ensure that the work being carried out in different settings was in line with the project’s aim, budget and deadlines.