Research Design Service South Central Public Involvement and Engagement Strategy 2019

Aim

To promote active and meaningful Public Involvement in the research that the Research Design Service (RDS) South Central supports.

The RDS SC believes that involving members of the public strengthens both the quality and relevance of health and social care research. Our aim aligns with the National RDS Public Involvement Community (PI-C) strategy, objectives and work plan and also aligns with the UK Standards (St) for Public Involvement and Going the Extra Mile (GtEM) report recommendations. This aim will be achieved through the following objectives, we will:

Objectives:

  1. Promote effective ways of encouraging and supporting RDS SC clients to meaningfully embed Public Involvement throughout research proposals.
  2. Support an increasingly diverse and empowered Public Involvement community.
  3. Continually review existing structures and networks to increase opportunities for the public to support RDS SC.
  4. Work with INVOLVE and members of the public to inform, promote and encourage the use of UK Public Involvement standards.
  5. Work with national partners and stakeholders on activities related to Public Involvement, providing a communication link between national and regional activities.
  6. Provide leadership and support within our regional networks to ensure that Public Involvement work aligns with NIHR goals in health and social care research.
  7. Provide learning and development opportunities for RDS SC Public Involvement advisers to ensure that they can develop and maintain the skills and knowledge necessary to provide high quality advice to RDS SC clients.
  8. Continually monitor and record the indicators of impact of Public Involvement work within the RDS SC.

Objective 1. RDS SC will continue to promote effective ways of encouraging and supporting RDS SC clients to meaningfully embed Public Involvement throughout research proposals.

  • We will continue to provide advice, support and resources for RDS SC clients to help them involve members of the public throughout the research design process.
  • We will continue to provide access to RDS SC Public Involvement Funds.
  • We will actively support Public Involvement skill development for RDS SC clients.
  • We will support and promote inclusive and emerging methods of Public Involvement in research design, including co-production (where appropriate).

Objective 2. RDS SC will continue to support an increasingly diverse and empowered Public Involvement community.

  • We will promote inclusive methods and community engagement through RDS SC activities (such as leading the YAPPI group).
  • We will support and contribute to local projects (such as the “Reaching Out” project) aimed at working with diverse local communities.
  • We will promote the active involvement of diverse and under-represented groups to RDS SC clients, actively supporting them to think about ways in which to engage and work with different populations.
  • We will work with NIHR partners regionally to continually improve and develop strategies and programmes to improve the diversity of PPI communities we work with.

Objective 3. RDS SC will continually review existing structures and networks to increase opportunities for the public to support the RDS SC.

  • We will work with the RDS PI-C group to support national work plans to involve public members in the national community work.
  • We will ensure public members are involved and promoted in RDS SC activities, including at regional RDS SC events and pre-submission review panels.
  • We will monitor the involvement of public members in governance structures within RDS SC, including the advisory group.

Objective 4. RDS SC will work with INVOLVE and members of the public to inform, promote and encourage the use of UK Public Involvement standards.

  • We will actively promote the Public Involvement standards to RDS SC clients.
  • We will use the standards as a framework to underpin the advice we give to RDS SC clients, and to support and guide the way in which we collaborate regionally.
  • We will lead and work with local and regional networks to deliver and monitor our activities within the framework of the standards.
  • We will continue to work with INVOLVE as a regional to national conduit, helping feed into strategic and regional delivery of the standards (to be reviewed after April 2020)

Objective 5. RDS SC will work with national partners and stakeholders on activities related to Public Involvement, providing a communication link between national and regional activities.

  • We will continue to have regular meetings with INVOLVE, staff (to be reviewed after April 2020).
  • We will continue to actively participate in the National RDS PI-C, by attending regular meetings and providing support and input to national Public Involvement projects.
  • We will continue to be an active contributor to regional networks and will co-lead Wessex PIN.
  • We will actively contribute to wider national activities within NIHR

Objective 6: RDS SC will provide leadership and support within our regional networks to ensure that Public Involvement work aligns with NIHR goals in health and social care research.

  • We will work with our regional networks to ensure that best practice and knowledge is shared.
  • We will, as co-lead of the Wessex PIN, ensure that the Public Involvement work of Wessex PIN aligns with NIHR goals.

Objective 7: RDS SC will provide learning and development opportunities for RDS SC public involvement advisers to ensure that they can develop and maintain the skills and knowledge necessary to provide high quality advice to RDS SC clients

  • We will have regular meetings between RDS SC Public Involvement advisers across the three SC sites (Southampton, Oxford and Portsmouth) to share learning, collaborate on projects and update on national and regional activities.
  • We will disseminate information from national to regional to ensure all RDS SC staff are kept up to date.
  • We will support the Wessex PIN learning and development group to provide seminars for all Wessex PIN staff, lay contributors, and RDS SC advisers.
  • We will continue to take advantage of training provided by the Working Together regional network in Oxford

Objective 8: RDS SC will continually monitor, record, review and report the indicators of impact of public involvement work within the RDS SC region

  • We will use the public involvement standards as a framework for reporting RDS SC activity in annual reports and Wessex PIN reports.
  • We will link with the national PI-C and cross regional work through our networks to promote consistency with monitoring and recording impact.
  • We will gather quantitative and qualitative data to monitor, record and report on indicators of impact.

To view our detailed work plan, please click here.