Clinical Research Office. A partnership between Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Sheffield

What is public involvement in research?

Public involvement in research refers to an active partnership between researchers and patients and/or the public in the research process.














INVOLVE is a national advisory group that supports greater public involvement in NHS, public health and social care research. They offer a large range of information and supporting documents that explain patient and public involvement in research in detail.

INVOLVE describe three levels of PPI. These are often interlinked and complement one another.

  1. Involvement – where members of the public are actively involved in research projects and in research organisations.
  2. Participation – where people take part in a research study.
  3. Engagement – where information and knowledge about research is provided and disseminated.

Different levels of involvement will be appropriate for different research questions and situations. However Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust believes that members of the public should be involved in all aspects of the research cycle

For a full description of each step of the research cycle go to the INVOLVE website and click on each step in turn

A Frequently Asked Question section is currently being prepared and will be on this site soon.

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