Welsh Government

Study shows majority of researchers are participating in public engagement

2 December 2015

Health and Care Research Wales is committed to developing and supporting the culture of public engagement with research. 

To help inform the progress of our public engagement activity, Health and Care Research Wales is part of a consortium of the top 15 funders of publically funded research in the UK who have come together to commission new research to explore researchers’ understanding of participation in, and attitudes to, public engagement. 

The research was an update of a survey undertaken in 2006 with the key aims of identifying what researchers understand by the term public engagement; examining the type of communication and public engagement activities undertaken by UK researchers; and exploring the factors that may facilitate or inhibit public engagement.

The research identified that there has been a positive shift in researchers’ understanding and attitudes to public engagement over the last 10 years.

There is a diversity of communication and public engagement activities undertaken by all researchers, and an active interest and desire from researchers to do more public engagement. However significant barriers to public engagement remain, including finding the time to undertake public engagement activity.

The findings of the research will be used by Health and Care Research Wales as an evidence base to inform our future policy and practice.

Further information about the survey can be found at: www.wellcome.ac.uk/PERSurvey