Depending on the size and scope of your project, you may want to actively engage some stakeholders in a technical/advisory group and/or a steering committee. Both differ from your research team, which generally consists of Chief Investigators, Associate Investigators, a Project Officer and Research Assistants. The team usually undertakes the day to day running of the research project, develops the materials/methodologies etc and collects, analyses and writes up the data.
Below we define Technical Groups and Steering Committees and give you a template for terms of reference for each.
Definition: Technical / Expert Advisory Group
An advisory group consists of stakeholders with specific expert/technical knowledge. It can offer input and advice on content elements of the research project at predetermined frequencies or can be deferred to for specific issues.
Definition: Steering Committee
A steering committee’s function is to provide support, guidance and the executive over sighting of the research at all stages of the project.