What is Public Involvement?
Public Involvement (PI) (sometimes referred to as Patient and Public Involvement or PPI) in research is defined as research carried out ‘with’ or ‘by’ members of the public rather than ‘to’, ‘about’ or ‘for’ them.
It is an active partnership between researchers and members of the public.
Why is PI in health and social care research important?
PI brings together the expertise of the health and social care professionals and the personal knowledge and experience of the public. Bringing together these differing perspectives ensures that research projects:
- Address questions of relevance to the health service professionals and the public
- Ensures that the design of the research project takes the sensitivities of the proposed research participants into account
- Provides information which is communicated in a clear and accessible format
How can PI be included in research?
There are several stages to a research project. To see how PI can be included in each stage, click on the individual stages of the research cycle in the diagram below.
How can the RDS NE help?
As part of a package of support, the RDS NE is able to advise researchers on how to plan for, and include PI throughout the life of their research project. Researchers wishing to know more should visit our Public Involvement Advice for Researchers page.
In addition, the RDS NE runs a PI Consumer Panel. Researchers, who are clients of the RDS NE are able to discuss their research projects with the panel. For details of the RDS NE PI Consumer Panel visit our Public Involvement Consumer Panel page.
Members of the public interested in joining one of the PI Consumer Panels should visit our Public Involvement Consumer Panel page.