Checklist for researchers
Before you complete the form please consider the following points:
- Why do you want to involve members of the public in your work?
- Who do you want to involve, do they need to have particular skills eg committee skills, I.T. skills, experience of public involvement in research?
- Consider writing a job/role description so people are clear on what they are being asked to do and to help you think through any special skills that you are looking for.
- Who are the most appropriate people to involve?
- How many people are you looking to involve?
- Do you have sufficient resources to pay for service user involvement in the project eg travel, childcare or carer costs, postage and telephone costs, accommodation and payment for time.
- Provision of training and staff time for supporting the people involved
When completing the form please include information on:
- What kind of work are you asking people to do
- If this is work that can be done from home or do people need to travel
- Do they need access to the internet
- What is the commitment of the work eg how long is the project and how many meetings a year or how many hours will the work take
- Who else will be involved in the project
- Deadline for applications
- any restrictions eg England only or must be in the South West
- what will be the benefit to them eg part of a team, meeting new people, training and new skills
- what they can expect once they have applied
- when the work will start
- a link to further information on either the organisation or the research project
Plan, consider and resource the response to your advert. You might not get a response but you might get 50! Have you planned the time and resources for:
• reviewing applications
• identifying your criteria for choosing the people to get involved
• responding to applicants and any interview processes
The following INVOLVE publications will help you think through some of these questions:
- Briefing notes for researchers: How to involve the public in NHS, public health and social care research:
- Payment for involvement: A guide for making payments to members of the public actively involved in NHS, public health and social care research
- Good practice in active public involvement in research:
- TwoCan Associates (2008) Getting it right for service users and carers, getting it right for research: How to decide whether to help researchers find people to take part in research.
Page last edited: 25 November 2011