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C-STACS expert consultation

Citizen Science To Achieve Co-production at Scale (C-STACS) expert consultation

Citizen science is an approach where members of the public, referred to as citizen scientists are actively engaged with professional scientists to co-create new scientific knowledge. This new knowledge could be useful in transforming the mental health system, but citizen science has been very little used in mental health. The C-STACS study is investigating the use of citizen science in mental health research.

What is involved?

We will interview key stakeholder groups to find out their views about citizen science in mental health, for example about any ethical, legal or societal issues that might be raised.

To take part you need to be aged 18 years or over, willing to have your interview audio or video-recorded, and be in one of five groups:

People with experience of citizen science (not necessarily related to mental health)

  1. Citizen science academic experts who have led a citizen science project
  2. Citizen science project contributors who have taken part in a citizen science project

Mental health stakeholders (no experience of citizen science needed)

  1. People living with mental health problems
  2. Informal carers for a person living with mental health problems
  3. Mental health workers

Taking part will involve giving consent and then being interviewed (either face-to-face or online using Microsoft Teams) in a 1-hour interview. Participants from groups 2 to 4 (citizen scientist project contributors, people with mental health problems, informal carers) will be compensated £20 for their time.

About the C-STACS study

The C-STACS Study is funded by UKRI as a Citizen Science Collaboration Grant (BB/V011707/1) to the University of Nottingham. The study team are based at the Institute of Mental Health, and the C-STACS web-site gives information about our collaborating organisations. This expert consultation has been approved by the University of Nottingham Faculty of Medicine and Health Science Ethics Committee in August 2022.

I am interested and would like to take part

If you are interested then please read the <participant information sheet> for more information and the <consent form> which you will need to sign if you decide to take part, and then contact the C-STACS research team by email to Olamide Todowede, phone (0115 74 84280) or post (C-STACS Study, Institute of Mental Health, Triumph Road, Nottingham NG7 2TU, UK), giving your name, preferred contact (e.g. phone, email) and which group (from groups 1 to 5 above) you belong to. We will then contact you to schedule a meeting. And thank you if you do get in touch!