What’s the difference between engagement, involvement and participation?
- Engagement – sharing information and knowledge about research with the public.
- Involvement – involving the public in designing, planning and conducting research.
- Participation – recruiting members of the public to take part in studies and clinical trials.
The purpose of engagement, as we define it, is to inform the public about our research and inspire them to take part in or get involved in research, in whatever way is most appropriate to them.
Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) is defined by INVOLVE as “research being carried out ‘with’ or ‘by’ members of the public rather than ‘to’, ‘about’ or ‘for’ them”.
Why does public engagement matter?
The Oxford BRC is publicly funded and therefore it is vital that we communicate the importance and relevance of our research. Public engagement shows society the value of our work and it can encourage a greater appreciation and trust of research organisations, based on an improved understanding of how research is planned, conducted and funded.
Additionally, public engagement has tangible benefits for those we engage with. It can empower people, helping patients to understand their conditions better and make better-informed decisions about their health. It can also inspire the next generation, not only to work in research but also to become the research volunteers of the future.
The following websites are all excellent places to start for information about public engagement training, funding and best practice.
The BRC can offer additional support for researchers conducting public engagement projects, from help with booking venues to advising on an evaluation plan for your activity. Please contact Kelly Roddy (Events, Marketing and Engagement Manager) directly to discuss your requirements further.
Tel: 01865 743341