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NICPR Public Involvement

UK Standards for Public Involvement

UK Standards to improve quality and consistency of public involvement in research were launched on Monday 18th November. The six UK Standards for Public Involvement provide clear, concise statements of effective public involvement against which improvement can be assessed. The standards are a description of what good public involvement looks like and can be used as a framework to support reflective practice or to plan future for public involvement activities. 

The Standards were developed over the last three years by a UK-wide partnership, which brought together members of the public with representatives from the National Institute for Health Research (England), the Chief Scientist Office (Scotland), Health and Care Research Wales and the Public Health Agency (Northern Ireland), working with an independent expert.

In 2020, the NICPR worked with the UK-wide partnership to develop implementation stories based on our experiences of using the UK Standards for Public Involvement. The implementation stories showcase different experiences of applying the UK Standards for Public Involvement in a range of contexts.

Download the full UK Standards for Public involvement or download the EASY READ - UK Standards Booklet.


The NICPR team was competitively selected as one of 10 UK-wide ‘test-beds’ to pilot the UK Standards for Public Involvement. During April 2018-April 2019, the NICPR tested three of the six Standards: Standard 2 'Working Together', Standard 4 'Communications' and Standard 5 'Impact'. More information can be found in the NICPR's 'test-bed' report.

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