Welsh Government

New films show benefit of public involvement in research

9 March 2017

Members of the public have worked with Cardiff University staff to produce two short films highlighting the benefits of public involvement in research.

These films, supported by Cardiff University School of Medicine and Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support (ISSF) Funding, were launched at the Involving People Network Annual Meeting on 1st March 2017.

The 'Why get involved in Research?' film is aimed at members of the public and highlights why research is important. It provides several options of how you can use your voice to make a difference to health and social care research. Finally, it provides contact information on how members of the public can get involved in research in Wales.

The film 'Public Involvement in Research' is aimed at researchers and highlights some of the many benefits of involving the public in research. It describes ways in which you can involve the public in the research cycle and effectively signposts researchers to the support, guidance and resources available in Wales.

One of the key principles behind this project is that members of the public worked alongside University staff to develop and shape the project outcomes.

"I was very keen to involve members of the public in each stage of this project to ensure that the films correctly represented the ‘added-value’ benefits from both the academic researcher and member of the public perspective."
Sarah Hatch, Innovation And Engagement Manager

Dr Angela Martin, Policy Lead for Public Involvement and Engagement, Research and Development Division, Welsh Government said:

“I am delighted with how these films have turned out and I hope they will be used as a resource across Wales to help promote our vision to create a culture whereby all Health and Social care research that takes place in Wales happens with the public, for the public.”

Barbara Moore, Senior Public Involvement & Engagement Manager, Health and Care Research Wales Support Centre said:

“With many organisations in Wales having the same aim of embedding a culture where it becomes second nature to involve members of the public in research, it has been fantastic to have the opportunity to work with Cardiff University School of Medicine in producing these films.  We are very happy to be officially launching the films at our Involving People Network Annual Conference and will certainly be playing our part in their dissemination after that.”

Henry Yeomans, a member of the public involved in this project said:

“I was pleased to be able to contribute to this project as it embodied for me the principles of public involvement at each stage of development from the initial concept to the launch of the finished film.”

Roy Norris, Lay person:

"This has been an exciting project and it has been a great experience being involved from the start. I believe that everyone can play a part in research from university professors to the ordinary person dealing every day with the every day health problems they have and everyone in between. Just get involved - you have more to offer than you think."