If you are involved in research you will want to ensure that the findings of the research are sent out as widely as possible so they can influence and change practice for the better. It has been found that involving people just at the dissemination stage is less successful if they have not been involved at earlier stages of the research as they do not have either the ownership or knowledge of the context of the research. However if you have been involved at other stages in the research you will be more likely to disseminate the results to your own networks and will be able to help summarise the research findings in clear user-friendly language and ensure that the information is accessible to a public audience.

Without doubt the participation of young people in presentations of the results to professionals brought home some of the findings and recommendations more powerfully than if they had been presented by the researcher alone.

(Petrie et al 2006 page 44)

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