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Make it Public: last four days to have your say on our transparency agenda

Last updated on 1 Sep 2019

There are just four days left to give the HRA your views about our draft strategy on transparency in health and social care research.

If you’ve not already had your say, our online survey takes around 15 minutes to complete.

The Make it Public consultation closes on Friday 6 September with a public workshop in Edinburgh. After this we will collate all of the feedback we've received.

During the last 12 weeks, we have gathered opinions from researchers, Research & Development managers, academics, commercial sponsors, patients, charities and carers across all four nations.

Almost 400 people have completed our online survey and we’ve heard views from more than 200 people at public workshops in London, Manchester, Cardiff and Belfast and a special patient focus group in Nottingham.

Professor Andrew George, chair of the Research Transparency Strategy Group and non-executive director at the HRA, appeared on the BMJ podcast. We’ve been in the Pink Sheet, Research Professional and featured in the Clinical Research Digest as well as in regional media and featured in NHS, university and regulator newsletters and communications. We have championed the consultation on LinkedIn. Meanwhile over on Twitter we have notched up thousands of re-Tweets and likes.

Our draft strategy focuses on three key areas of research transparency – registering research projects, making research findings public and letting participants have access to findings from research which they have taken part in.

Using the feedback we've received, we will publish a final strategy by the end of the year.  

“Early indications are that people like what we are proposing, and have come up with some great ideas about how to improve research transparency in the interests of professionals and public alike. The feedback about the strategy will be invaluable in making sure the strategy is ambitious yet feasible.

“We’d like to thank everyone who has taken part in the consultation so far and look forward to hearing more views in Edinburgh on Friday.

“If you haven’t done our survey yet you have until 6 September to pop online and have your say!” 

Juliet Tizzard, Director of Policy at the HRA

The HRA would also like to thank NHS Research Scotland, Health and Care Research Wales and Health and Social Care Research and Development Northern Ireland for working with us on this consultation.

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