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Public Involvement and Engagement

Our vision from our strategy is:

Where meaningful public and community involvement and engagement is a central part of NIHR ARC KSS’ health and social care research activities


It is important to us that the people who are the focus of our research in health and social care have a say in how that research is identified, designed and carried out. We aim to make sure our research is relevant and responds to the issues that are important to our local public and communities, as well as to those who deliver the health and social services in our region. 

Your views and opinions are important. They offer a point of view that academics or service providers may not have. When everyone’s ideas and views are brought together they can result in high quality, relevant and useable research evidence, which can improve the health, care and wellbeing of others in our region. 


What is Public Involvement?

Public involvement is when members of the public are actively involved as partners in research projects and in research organisations, where research is carried out ‘with’ or ‘by’ members of the public rather than ‘to’, ‘about’ or ‘for’ them. By ‘public’ we include people of all ages, backgrounds and communities.


What is Engagement?

By this, we mean reaching out to individuals or communities to provide the opportunity for a two-way process of sharing information, discussing and listening to ideas to help shape research. Engagement is about building working relationships. 


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