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Evaluating the impact of public involvement on research

Rosemary Barber, Jonathan Boote, Glenys Parry, Cindy Cooper and Philippa Yeeles

in Critical Perspectives on User Involvement

Published by Policy Press

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9781847427519
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447305590 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847427519.003.0021
Evaluating the impact of public involvement on research

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This chapter provides an overview of current issues in evaluating public involvement in health and social research. Public involvement is central to UK health and social research. Increasingly, the public are involved at all stages of the research process and in different ways. Yet little is known about the influence and success of these activities, as few evaluation studies have been carried out. The chapter considers why it is important to evaluate the impact of public involvement, and what we can learn from the research that is available, drawing on a number of case studies. The paucity of evidence raises questions about whether or not it is feasible to evaluate the impact of public involvement in health and social research. Do we have appropriate methods? Can it be done? The chapter investigates current methods of evaluation and appraises their appropriateness, taking into account recent developments in evaluating complex interventions.

Keywords: evaluating involvement; impact of involvement; interpersonal processes; public involvement

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