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Citizen Involvement Matters

A short MOOC for researchers on actively involving citizens from across the EU to identify innovation needs and research priorities

Citizen Involvement Matters

This MOOC has been designed to help academics, students and researchers to identify and focus on citizen needs and priorities for healthy ageing. In doing so citizens, particularly older citizens, are empowered to gain knowledge about health conditions and learn how to live better for longer. By adopting the VOICE model of citizen involvement and engagement, learners will be able to realise the benefits of meaningful involvement and engagement of citizens to identify research priorities and inform key areas for innovation.

This MOOC has been funded by Voice, EIT Health and Wellcome Trust.

Course Units

Unit Steps (5)

  • Welcome
  • What topics will you cover?
  • What will you achieve?
  • Meet the experts
  • The development of this course

Unit Steps (9)

  • Introduction to citizen involvement and engagement
  • Your experiences
  • The ethos and values of VOICE
  • What is citizen involvement?
  • The benefits of citizen involvement: A citizen's perspective
  • Module 1 quiz
  • How to overcome common barriers
  • Exploring facilitators and challenges to citizen involvement in research
  • The end of week one

Unit Steps (7)

  • How to run a successful citizen involvement and engagement programme
  • A citizen involvement programme
  • Building and sustaining a citizen community
  • Module 2 quiz
  • The VOICE digital platform
  • Your experiences of using digital methods to strengthen citizen involvement
  • Reflections on the course so far

Unit Steps (8)

  • The benefits of citizen involvement to research: A conversation with Sheena Ramsay
  • Why citizen involvement matters
  • Evaluating involvement: How to create an evaluation plan
  • Module 3 quiz
  • Citizen involvement and impact
  • Closing thoughts
  • Thank you
  • Your reflections