What is meaningful involvement
Meaningful involvement of people living with NCDs is possible when professionals, organisations, or institutions recognise the value of the lived experience. Leveraging this value comes through accessing the knowledge, skills, and insights of people living with NCDs.
Meaningful involvement avoids tokenism by building a reciprocal relationship with people, ensuring that they also benefit from the experience of being engaged and becoming role models to strengthen meaningful involvement. It is not prescriptive and can take place in different ways and at different levels, from participation to collaboration and co-production, and is applicable across a wide range of different sectors and activities.
Making Meaningful Involvement Happen
The steps towards making meaningful involvement happen are simple and similar across sectors and levels of involvement. Although it may seem daunting to set up a first activity, there is a vast body of knowledge and experience to draw from.
Below are five key steps that can be followed and adapted by any organisation seeking to set up meaningful involvement initiatives for the first time.