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Research Transparency

Last updated on 19 Dec 2022

Our vision is that trusted information from health and social care research studies is publicly available for the benefit of all.

Our research transparency strategy

Our strategy, ‘Make it public: transparency and openness in health and social care research’, sets out our vision that trusted information from health and social care research studies is publicly available for the benefit of all. To help achieve this, the HRA is working with key players across the research system, patients and the public to:

  • Make transparency easy 
  • Make transparency the norm 
  • Make information public 

The strategy was developed following a public consultation and is supported by an implementation plan.

Download a PDF version of our Make it Public strategy

We've set out our 'Make it public: transparency and openness in health and social care research' strategy in HTML. 

You can also download an accessible PDF version of this strategy.

This PDF contains an implementation plan of our commitments in detail, which has now been developed and refined following following early delivery of the projects. Please read the updated programme plan.

Four elements of research transparency

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The UK Policy Framework for Health and Social Care Research sets out the responsibilities for researchers, sponsors and funders for all aspects of research, including responsibilities for the four elements of research transparency. These are: 

  1. registering research studies
  2. reporting results
  3. informing participants
  4. sharing study data and tissue
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