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Table 3 Changes to wording of UK Standards for Public Involvement over time

From: ‘All hands-on deck’, working together to develop UK standards for public involvement in research

Standard Before consultation After consultation After testing
Inclusive Opportunities We provide clear, meaningful and accessible opportunities for involvement, for a wide range of people across all research. We offer public involvement opportunities that are accessible and that reach people and groups according to research needs Offer public involvement opportunities that are accessible and that reach people and groups according to research needs
Working Together We create and sustain respectful relationships, policies, practices and environments for effective working in research. We work together in a way that values all contributions, builds and sustains mutually respectful and productive relationships. Working together in a way that values all contributions, and that builds and sustains mutually respectful and productive relationships
Support and Learning We ensure public involvement is undertaken with confidence and competence by everyone. We offer and promote support and learning which builds confidence and skills for public involvement in research. Offer and promote support and learning opportunities that build confidence and skills for public involvement in research
Communications We provide clear and regular communications as part of all involvement plans and activities We use plain language for timely, two way and targeted communications, as part of involvement plans and activities. Use plain language for well-timed and relevant communications, as part of involvement plans and activities
Impact We assess report and act on the impact of involving the public in research. To drive improvement, we capture and share the difference that public involvement makes to research and to the people involved. Seek improvement by identifying and sharing the difference that public involvement makes to research.
Governance We ensure the community of interest voices are heard, valued, and included in decision making. We implement, report and are accountable for our decisions. We involve the public in our governance and leadership so that our decisions promote and protect the public interest. Involve the public in research management, regulation, leadership and decision making.