Deliberative Engagement Community in Decisions about Research Spending (DECIDERS) study will develop and evaluate a mechanism to engage communities, particularly minority and underserved communities, in informed deliberations about health research spending priorities.
Aim 1. Develop Research CHAT (ReCHAT), a simulation exercise to engage communities in deliberations about health research spending priorities.
Aim 2. Evaluate a deliberative exercise designed to engage minority and underserved communities in setting research priorities from the perspective of participants.
Aim 3. Describe the health research priorities of Michigan communities, particularly minority and underserved communities.
Aim 4. Return results of statewide ReCHAT sessions to communities, funders, research leaders, and those who participated in interviews or ReCHAT groups.
Aim 5. Assess the impact on participants, communities, research institutions and funders of public involvement in deliberative dialogues about research spending priorities.
Steering Committee with members from multiple minority and underserved communities throughout Michigan, and representatives from public health, health professions, and organizations that fund and/or conduct health research. Over 1/2 (optimally 2/3) of the voting members of the Steering Committee will be community members to ensure decisions reflect communities’ preferences and values.