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Critical Perspectives on User Involvement$
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Marian Barnes and Phil Cotterell

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781847427519

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847427519.001.0001

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Evaluating the impact of public involvement on research

Evaluating the impact of public involvement on research

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(p.217) Eighteen Evaluating the impact of public involvement on research
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Critical Perspectives on User Involvement
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Rosemary Barber

Jonathan Boote

Glenys Parry

Cindy Cooper

Philippa Yeeles

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847427519.003.0021

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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