Public involvement is where people are not the subjects of research but are working with researchers to plan, manage and carry out research.
You can make a real difference.
“I have found that my varied life experiences have been used by the project to enhance the final outcome.”
Member of the public
Read one of our research stories to find out how members of the public can get involved in research or click on the links below for more information:
People can get involved in research in a variety of ways and in different settings, including:
If you live in Wales, you can register with the public involvement community and receive information about the latest opportunities to get involved in research.
By involving members of the public in research, it becomes more relevant to people’s needs and concerns, and is more likely to be used to improve health and social care treatments and services.
Benefits to research include making sure research is asking the questions that are important to people who live with an illness or chronic condition.
Benefits to members of the public include making use of their experience to help develop research that may benefit them, their family or friends. It can also be a great way to meet people and develop new skills.
“Feeling part of a group that respects your involvement is very empowering”
Member of the Public
Health and Care Research Wales funds a public involvement and engagement team, whose role is to support researchers to involve the public in their work and to help members of the public to get involved in research.