The Public Involvement in Research Standards produced here aim to provide people with clear, concise benchmarks for effective public involvement alongside indicators against which improvement can be monitored. They are intended to encourage approaches and behaviours which will support this: flexibility; partnership and collaboration; a learning culture; the sharing of good practice; effective communications. The standards are the work of a Public Involvement Standards Development Partnership which brings together representatives including public contributors from the Chief Scientist Office (Scotland), Health and Care Research Wales, the Public Health Agency (Northern Ireland) and the National Institute for Health Research (England).
The standards are:
- a description of what good public involvement in research looks like
- designed to encourage self reflection and learning, including where lessons have been learned when public involvement has failed to lead to expected outcomes.
- a tool to help people and organisations identify what they are doing well, and what needs improving
- intended to be used with any method or approach to public involvement in research
- adaptable to your own situation and can be used alongside other resources such as case studies, public involvement checklists, and toolkits.