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Digital Methodology to implement the ECOUTER engagement process

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Becca WilsonORCiD, Dr Olly ButtersORCiD, Dr Joel MinionORCiD, Professor Madeleine Murtagh



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© 2017 Wilson RC et al. ECOUTER (Employing COncept ual schema for policy and Translation E in Research - French for "to listen' - is a new stakeholder engagement method incorporating existing evidence to help participants draw upon their own knowledge of cognate issues and interact on a topic of shared concern. The results of an ECOUTER can form the basis of recommendations for research, governance, practice and/or policy. This paper describes the development of a digital methodology for the ECOUTER engagement process based on currently available mind mapping freeware software. The implementation of an ECOUTER process tailored to applications within health studies are outlined for both online and face-to-face scenarios. Limitations of the present digital methodology are discussed, highlighting the requirement of a purpose built software for ECOUTER research purposes.

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Author(s): Wilson RC, Butters OW, Clark T, Minion J, Turner A, Murtagh MJ

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: F1000Research

Year: 2017

Volume: 5

Online publication date: 09/06/2016

Acceptance date: 02/04/2016

Date deposited: 20/02/2018

ISSN (print): 2046-1402

ISSN (electronic): 1759-796X

Publisher: Faculty of 1000 Ltd


DOI: 10.12688/f1000research.8786.2


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