Patient and public involvement and engagement (PPIE) is a core part of the work of both the NIHR HPRU in Gastrointestinal Infections and the NIHR HPRU in Genomics and Enabling Data. PPIE is required by the NIHR and is a key aspect of high quality research. While there is significant focus on the ‘doing' of PPIE with studies often reporting how they involved public members and patients, there is often less focus on the evaluation of PPIE and its impact, using either qualitative or quantitative approaches. This thesis will explore the different ways in which PPIE can be captured, evaluated or measured in different types of public health research, to support reporting that contributes to the development of a high quality evidence base for practice. It will also consider the context required for the creation of impact, at both individual project level and wider organisational level.
The study will include a review of the literature to establish international public involvement practice in
The student will undertake a review of literature in relation to the capture, evaluation, measurement and reporting of PPIE. The student will undertake a review of possible methodologies to frame the study. The project may use a qualitative approach with semi-structured interviews to explore public contributor and researcher experiences of embedding public involvement into the work of the NIHR HPRU in Genomics and Enabling Data and the HPRU in Gastrointestinal Infections. It is possible that the study could include a quantitative element that attempts to develop measures of impact of PPIE in health protection across the HPRUs. The study will be co-produced with a Public Contributor Reference group who will work closely with the researcher