The Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre (AWRC) Public Involvement in Research Group (PIRG) aims to support the development and delivery of high quality research. The group will provide a forum to enable researchers to engage and listen to the public and for the public to directly support, challenge and participate in the design and delivery of research.
What we hope to achieve?
The PIRG will consist of between 12 and 16 members who will meet virtually or face to face and regularly review ongoing research, new applications for grants and the development of new ideas and products that aim to help people to move more and improve wellbeing. The PIRG can contribute to any and all stages of the research cycle and improve the quality of AWRC research.
For researchers: It will be a source of help and advice from the public who will gain experience in reading and evaluating lay summaries and commenting on the opportunities and methods of recruitment. In addition, researchers may want to seek public involvement before and after research funding application submission and during the life of a research project.
For the public: Members of the PIRG will be offered training and induction and a co-ordinator will support participation and co-ordinate feedback from individuals and group discussions. The contribution is voluntary but participation is highly valued and travel and subsistence will be paid.
Members do not need any qualifications or any knowledge of research. A willingness to participate in discussions and provide views is all that is required. All members will be offered training and support to understand more about their role in the PIRG, what research is and why we do it and what the AWRC is and aims to do.