Advisory Committees: How to Select and Work With these Powerful Allies

60-Minute On-Demand Webinar. Available in CD, MP4 or PDF Transcript.

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Increasingly, government and private funders require that researchers develop an advisory committee of experts or community representatives to guide the research process. Researchers developing applied projects with a community or specific target population also have expectations for advisory committees. Yet few researchers know how to effectively organize and use them.

This interactive webinar focuses on forming and effectively using advisory committees for three types of projects: 1). investigator initiated projects involving specific populations, 2). university, research organization, or medical center partnerships with community organizations, 3). applied projects requested by a foundation, community or advocacy organization.

During this how-to webinar, your expert presenter, Dr. Jo Anne Schneider, will cover strategies for determining advisory committee membership, ways to use advisory committees to guide research, finding appropriate research participants, the mechanics for advisory committee involvement, and common challenges with advisory committees and their members.

Key Take-Aways:

  • How to choose representatives committed to the project with access to resources you need for the project
  • Effectively including a mix of members that can help with specific aspects of the project
  • Making the most of Advisory Committees in the research process – why they should be involved from start to finish
  • Effective communication strategies tailored to your committee’s needs
  • Ways to deal with the politics associated with advisory committees, particularly those representing multiple constituencies, “at-risk” or special populations
  • Hands-on examples to overcome the common issues with advisory committees

Who Should Attend?

Principal Investigators or new investigators either planning to use advisory committees or who have used advisory committees in the past.


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Meet Your Presenter:

Dr. Jo Anne Schneider, has been designing research projects that effectively use advisory committees since the mid 1980s. She is a specialist in urban issues, social welfare, health and human services, and health projects with hard to reach populations. She has worked with a combination of government, foundations, national member benefit non-profits, community based organizations, faith communities and marginalized communities (people of color, immigrants/refugees, low income communities, people with disabilities), using advisory committees in all of her projects. A former American Association for the Advancement of Science Policy and Technology Fellow at NIH, she is currently an Associate Research Professor at George Washington University. She also has an international reputation for university/community involvement, serving as a PennServe Community Based Fellow for Service Learning involving community/researcher partnerships. Recent major projects include developing a model to reach at-risk communities for NCI, the Faith and Organizations Project (www.faithandorganizations.umd.edu), and multiple projects related to social welfare and human services (see home.gwu.edu/~jschneid).

This Webinar presentation is brought to you as a training tool by the Principal Investigators Association, which is an independent organization. The presentation, tools presented and their contents are not connected with the National Institutes of Health (NIH), nor are they endorsed by this agency. All views expressed are those personally held by the presenter and are not official government policies or opinions.