Public and Professional Opinion of the HRA
The HRA commissioned a survey at the end of 2014 of the public, volunteers who are Chairs and Vice Chairs of the Research Ethics Committees and researchers themselves to get feedback from them on its work. The survey sought to measure the views of the HRA amongst the public and other stakeholders. It also provides the HRA with a rounded picture of their opinions.
Public Dialogue: Working with the public in policy development
The HRA is very aware that public confidence in health research is critical to its success and so we are committed to building the public voice into policy development.
Over the last three years the HRA has worked with Sciencewise to conduct public dialogue exercises to understand public views and build public opinion into our policy and guidance. The Sciencewise approach allows the public to consider complex issues in depth over a period of time and to debate the issues with experts in the area.
So far we have completed two Public Dialogue projects with support of and part funding from Sciencewise:
- Public understanding of health research conducted in March/April 2013
- Recruiting participants in health research conducted in November 2014
Sciencewise is funded by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). It aims to improve policy making involving science and technology across Government by increasing the effectiveness with which the public dialogue is used and encouraging its wider use where appropriate to ensure public views are considered as part of the evidence base.