Evidence Synthesis Ireland

Communicating with the Public

Communication With The Public Mentorship Scheme

Communicating clearly the findings of evidence syntheses to patients and the public can be challenging, yet possible. Increased health research literacy means a better informed public. Improved dissemination of systematic reviews and other evidence syntheses means the public, clinicians and policymakers can make better decisions based on an overall body of evidence.

The Evidence Synthesis Ireland ‘Communication with the Public’ Mentorship Programme aims to build capacity in communicating the results of evidence syntheses by writing for the public, through a facilitated mentorship programme.

Up to three mentees will receive team-based virtual writing mentorships over a 6 months period from Dr Claire O’Connell, Science Journalist and Communicator and Hon Prof Derek Stewart, OBE, Patient Advocate.

This call is now closed. We anticipate a new call in early 2025.

Who Should Apply?

This scheme is open to all health and social care professionals, researchers, research officers/managers and policymakers currently resident on the island of Ireland. Applicants must have evidence synthesis experience, ideally with a synthesis they have authored and are interested in disseminating to a public audience. The scheme is also open to those who have an understanding of the methodology of evidence synthesis and are interested in communicating the process or importance of systematic reviews and evidence syntheses to the public.

What’s In It For Mentees?

  • Receive training to develop communication skills, particularly in relation to communicating research to public audiences and engaging with the media
  • Opportunity to publish a blog on Evidence Synthesis Ireland’s website
  • Mentorship and support for the production of two pieces, one to be a blog (print or online, radio, video, etc).
  • Guidance on involving the public and patients in your writing/communication process

View the previous mentees:

Mentee’s publications:

  • Catherine Houghton’s piece in the Irish Times.
  • Jenny McSharry’s blog on Evidently Cochrane – What health evidence can we trust when we need it most?
  • Paula Byrne’s blog on Evidently Cochrane – Are cholesterol-lowering statins as good as we think?
  • Emma Kirwan’s blog on Evidently Cochrane – Loneliness in young adulthood: the research so far