It’s vital for us to engage with the following groups in order to turn the results of our research into improvements to services and policies. And to make sure our research answers those research questions and solves those challenges that can make the most improvement to people’s lives.
Engaging with the Public
We engage with the public to :
Raise awareness about the research we do and how it’s improving people’s health and wellbeing.
Get the public’s views on how we can do better research, and getting members of the public involved in creating, carrying out and telling others about our research.
Engaging with Policymakers and Government
We engage with policymakers and both national and local government to:We are also research ways of making Wales a more attractive destination for companies wanting to conduct clinical trials of new medicines or treatments.
- Make them aware of evidence we’ve produced that can help them improve their policies, services and future plans.
- Give them a better understanding of how we can work with them to improve these in the future (e.g. by testing how well a particular policy or way of working has worked).
- Make sure our research addresses their priorities.
Engaging with the NHS and Social Care services
The benefits we can provide to policymakers (see above) are equally applicable to providers of health and social care services. Given the depth and breadth of NHS and other data we can access and analyse, we provide an excellent way of enabling the NHS and social organisations to find out how making changes in one area affects people’s health and wellbeing in other areas (for example, how changes in hospital services affect the demand on GP services, or how changes in social care or public health can affect demand on A&E Departments).
Engaging with Industry
We engage with companies so that our researchers can use what that company has developed (e.g. new software or tools, or expertise in a particular area) to allow us to carry out more effective research. We are also research ways of making Wales a more attractive destination for companies wanting to conduct clinical trials of new medicines or treatments.
Engaging with the Third Sector and others
We also engage with other people and organisations that can help our research result in greater improvements in health and wellbeing, or enable us do more and better research. For example, working with charities can enable us to work with groups of service users and members of the public affected by particular diseases or conditions, giving us a better insight into what research would be of most benefit to them.