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Table 3 Research team perception on the benefits, challenges, support needs, and skills to conduct citizen engaged research

From: Evolving partnerships: engagement methods in an established health services research team

  Baseline (n = 36) Follow-up (n = 13)
Benefits of citizen engaged research
Satisfy requirements for funding agencies (e.g., Canadian Institutes of Health Research) 23 (64) 12 (92)
Unique perspectives 29 (81) 13 (100)
Support for knowledge translation 26 (72) 13 (100)
Generate new ideas 31 (86) 13 (100)
Provide connections to other relevant groups (other citizen groups, decision-makers, front line staff) 30 (83) 12 (92)
Access/support for data collection (e.g., connection to new sites, assist in recruiting participants) 25 (69) 8 (62)
I do not see a benefit to partnered research 0 1 (8)
Other 4 (11) 2 (15)
Challenges of citizen engaged research
Time 21 (58) 10 (77)
Cost 18 (50) 7 (54)
Identifying citizen partners 23 (64) 10 (77)
Loss of control 5 (14) 1 (8)
Impact on scientific rigor 4 (11) 1 (8)
Unclear what activities partner could be engaged in 8 (22) 3 (23)
I do not see any barriers or challenges to partnered research 4 (11) 1 (8)
Other 7 (19) 2 (15)
Support needed to conduct citizen engaged research
Communication with non-academic audiences (written materials) 17 (47) 4 (31)
Communication with non-academic audiences (verbal/presentation skills) 16 (44) 4 (31)
Meeting facilitation 14 (39) 5 (38)
Budget supports (how to budget for citizen partners) 18 (50) 9 (69)
Staff support 15 (42) 6 (46)
Other 7 (19) 0
Skills to conduct citizen engaged research
Yes 14 (39) 10 (77)
No 3 (8) 0
Unsure 13 (36) 2 (15)
Missing 6 (16) 1 (8)