Lay Summaries Workshop Series

Please join UBC Library for this two-part, in-person, workshop series focused on evidence-based, best practices in lay summary writing. Lay summaries offer opportunities to increase the visibility and accessibility of research and thus invite public dialogue.

In Part 1, of this evidence-based workshop series, facilitators introduce participants to some of the ways in which lay summaries differ from abstracts, the multiple purposes of lay summaries, and how lay summaries enhance communication with diverse publics. Participants will write or revise a draft lay summary (e.g., for a research article, graduate thesis, funding application), and receive feedback from the facilitators and participants. This foundational workshop is designed for UBC Vancouver community members interested in community engagement, knowledge dissemination, and public dialogue.

In Part 2, participants continue to work with and build on these foundational concepts. In this session, participants will learn about the Downtown Eastside Research Access portal and have the opportunity to try our guided writing process and write lay summary of scholarly research that could possibly be published in a community-centred, open-access, portal. Light refreshments will be on offer at both sessions.

This two-part workshop series is offered in collaboration with UBC’s Making Research Accessible initiative (MRAi) and the Supporting Transparent & Open Research Engagement & Exchange (STOREE) research project.


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