‘make it clear’ campaign

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The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is committed to making sure that each research study it funds has a clear and concise plain English summary. It is important that this information explains the research as a whole and is easy to read and understand.  From 14 May 2014 a good quality plain English summary, submitted as part of the standard application form, will be a requirement of NIHR funding.  Guidance has been developed for researchers and for board and panel members. An NIHR Implementation group is taking this work forward and will be monitoring and assessing the quality of the summaries. 

A good quality summary

  • what is it?
  • why is it important?
  • how does it help?
  • how will it be assessed?

What to include?

  • aims and background of the research 
  • design and methods used
  • patient and public involvement
  • dissemination

How to write a summary

  • use common English words
  • use active phrases
  • keep sentences short
  • break up text

Support and resources

  • guidance
  • examples
  • resources 
  • links