Public involvement

What is public involvement in research?

‘Public involvement’ is when health and social care researchers and research organisations work in active partnership with members of the public.

Public involvement is often described as research being carried out ‘with’ or ‘by’ members of the public rather than ‘to’, ‘about’ or ‘for’ them. It is also sometimes called patient and public involvement and engagement or PPIE.


EEPRU’s aim is to undertake high quality public involvement across our research programme. We intend to develop an understanding and share good practice on the most effective mechanisms to embed public involvement in the various types of studies we undertake.

Aim and objectives

We will:

  1. Provide high quality advice and guidance to support researchers at the appropriate stages of the project.

  2. Facilitate and monitor public involvement throughout EEPRU strategic activities and research themes.

  3. Work collaboratively to advance knowledge and understanding of public involvement in methods research by providing leadership and direction to bring together the practice of public involvement conducted in Yorkshire and Humber via regional networks.

  4. Develop and maintain the skills and knowledge in public involvement amongst EEPRU researchers so that high quality public involvement is carried out.

  5. Further, explore challenges of public involvement in the range of research projects EEPRU undertakes, and build and report on public involvement knowledge in methods studies.

EEPRU Public Involvement Strategy

This document outlines a strategy for public involvement in EEPRU’s programme of research:


Ruth Helstrip – Project Coordinator
+44 1904 321 466

Donna Davis – Programme Coordinator
+44 114 222 0