The National Standards for Public Involvement in Research are a set of six statements that describe what good public involvement in research looks like, with indicators to show people how they can meet each Standard. Together they provide a framework for improving the quality and consistency of public involvement in research. 
These are of interest to;
- involved public (e.g. patients)
- public involvement professionals
- researchers
- organisations. 

They will complement existing Standards in Northern Ireland, and Scotland and those developed by specific groups e.g. 4pi (National Involvement Partnership). They fulfil one of the recommendations of the NIHR strategy for public involvement in research, 'Going the Extra Mile', and have the potential for use in a wide range of settings.

Public involvement in research is; research being carried out ‘with’ or ‘by’ members of the public rather than ‘to’, ‘about’ or ‘for’ them.

These Standards have been developed by a partnership of; National Institute for Health Research, Health and Care Research Wales, Chief Scientific Office Scotland and Public Health Agency Northern Ireland.  

The diagram shows how we are developing the Standards and how you can help.


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This consultation will remain open until 1 September 2017.

More information about the Standards project and the partnership is here: