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Useful questions to ask
Before getting involved you may want to find out more detail about exactly how the organisations involve the public in their research activities. The answers that you get from the organisations should help you make a decision about whether you want to get involved and what you are interested in doing. The following are examples of questions you might want to ask.
About the role
- What am I being asked to do?
- Is there a written job description?
- Are they looking for particular skills or experience?
- What is the time commitment?
If taking part in meetings
- How often are the meetings?
- Where will they be held?
- How much reading or preparation will I be expected to do ahead of the meeting?
What support will be offered?
- What training is available?
- Will there be a named person providing advice, support or mentoring?
- Will there be practical support such as access to office equipment, use of computer, photocopying, printing and telephone?
Payment and expenses
- Will I be offered payment for my involvement?
- Will my expenses such as carer costs and travel be covered?
- How would payment affect my benefits or income tax?
Page last edited: 25 November 2011