Research Cafés rely on community leaders to convene and facilitate productive discussions about research. They are meant to be a safe space for communities to:
Share experiences and perceptions they may have about research
Receive resources to help them navigate research.
Provide communities with an open environment to remove barriers around certain types of discussion.
The goal of a Research Cafe is to foster open dialogue about healthcare research. It is an opportunity for communities to gather and discuss their experiences with research.
Some topics may be rather complex and sensitive, so this format of sharing is available to help move through issues that may otherwise be too difficult to discuss elsewhere. It's an environment for people to share their voice and exchange ideas on how to navigate research.
Coming together and sharing knowledge of a topic fosters trust and support in a community. Community leaders can share resources to help people navigate research projects and work with research teams confidently.