Co-production is a term increasingly ‘claimed’ by researchers and research funders. However its application in health and social care research varies, revealing a lack of consensus around the concept. Some argue that co-production in research is just ‘really good PPI’.  For others it is very different; a much more deliberative process which requires public members and ‘professionals’ to be involved on an equal footing throughout every stage of the design and delivery of research

INVOLVE is leading across the NIHR to deliver a project which is expected to recommend a pragmatic NIHR understanding of ‘co-production in research’.  The longer term vision is for this to be adopted and embedded into the processes, procedures and culture of the NIHR.

This project seeks to provide conceptual clarity in terms of where and how the discourse, principles and elements of co-production ‘fit’ with that of PPI in research generally and the work of NIHR specifically.  The intention is to get consensus across the NIHR on the learning points from the project.

For further information please contact G.Hickey@soton.ac.uk 

 

Examples of co-producing research: Expression of Interest Form

INVOLVE recently published guidance on ‘Co-producing research’. This outlines some key principles and features involved in co-producing a research project.  The guidance was a first step in moving toward clarity about what we mean by co-producing research rather than a ‘how to’ guide. We are now seeking your help in developing a complementary publication, to help those people seeking to co-produce research in health and social care and public health, which will showcase these key principles and features in action.  As such, we are inviting people to complete this expression of interest form and provide us with examples of how their research has addressed some or all of the key principles and features. Your help would be of enormous value to us in helping support and encourage co-production in research.  It would also be an opportunity to raise awareness of your own work.

INVOLVE will consider each of the expressions of interest and determine which 10 submissions showcase most effectively the various principles and key features.  If your submission is selected, we will work with you to create the final version of an example that will be published as part of the showcase guidance and on the INVOLVE website and/or as part of a webinar.  The closing date for expressions of interest will be 30th April 2018 and we will notify everyone in May 2018.

If you have any questions or queries please contact gary.hickey@nihr.ac.uk

To apply please use our online form.