National Standards for Public Involvement in Research

The standards are:

  • a description of what good public involvement in research looks like
  • designed to encourage self reflection and learning, including where lessons have been learned when public involvement has failed to lead to expected outcomes.
  • a tool to help people and organisations identify what they are doing well, and what needs improving
  • intended to be used with any method or approach to public involvement in research
  • adaptable to your own situation and can be used alongside other resources such as case studies, public involvement checklists, and toolkits.


Click on each standard to find out about its indicators and examples of how you could meet that standard. Here is more about how we define 'standards', 'indicators' and 'examples'.

To download PDF versions of the standards, an Easy Read Booklet and resources for the standards, please scroll down to the bottom of this page.

We offer public involvement opportunities that are accessible and that reach people and groups according to research needs.

We work together in a way that values all contributions, and that builds and sustains mutually respectful and productive relationships.

We offer and promote support and learning that builds confidence and skills for public involvement in research.

We use plain language for timely, two way and targeted communications, as part of involvement plans and activities.

To drive improvement, we capture and share the difference that public involvement makes to research.

We involve the public in our governance and leadership so that our decisions promote and protect the public interest.