Spend time thinking about what specific skills or experiences you need people to have had before you start recruiting, you can then include these in your opportunity description, a role description and an application form. If your opportunity is short term or a ‘one off’ choose 4 – 5 skills or experiences people must have had to take part. Examples include:
- Being able to speak and share ideas in a group
- Experience of using a specific service or time of life (student, becoming a mother)
- Ability to travel to the event
- Experience of attending meetings / discussion groups
These then form your selection criteria, ask people to tell you a little about each point in an application form, via e-mail or over the phone. The information they give you along with basic demographic information will help you select a diverse group of people with the relevant skills and experience.