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Lay summaries are often needed for grant applications, but can also be helpful in the recruitment of participants of dissemination of your research outcomes. INVOLVE has published further information on lay summaries, including supporting documents.

An import thing about a lay summary is that it is written in a way that the reader doesn’t need to have a science degree to understand your story. Access to understanding has written a guidance to help researchers write for a non-specialist audience.

There are various online tools, such as the Hemingway Editor and Readability Formulas, that will give you some high level feedback on the structure and readability of your text.