Developing an evidence-based co-design framework and toolkit for children’s nutrition research from bench to community

Dr Oksana Zelenko, Director, Research Impact and Excellence.

The challenge

Children, families and communities are not always involved in the research and innovation process. There is a need to engage them as equal partners in research to ensure research is relevant to them and increase the likelihood of uptake of any outcomes from research.

This project will develop a framework and toolkit for child nutrition research, from the laboratory to public health research. The toolkit will be co-designed with children, families and health professionals and will contain resources and tools that support their meaningful engagement in research.

Children and communities will be involved in co-designing elements of research as well as contributing to the outcomes. This approach will empower children and communities as agents of change, acknowledging that the lived experience should be used in conjunction with science to generate change.