A core tenet of DECIPHer's work is that children, young people, their carers and parents should be actively involved. The key objectives are to:
• involve the public in the strategic development of DECIPHer;
• involve the public in the research process within individual projects;
• increase awareness and opportunities for public involvement in DECIPHer research;
• develop the capacity within DECIPHer to involve the public in its work.
Therefore, research undertaken within DECIPHer is undertaken with the public, rather than to or on them.
Public involvement is undertaken in the Centre by employing a full time Involving Young People Research Officer who supports and organises two groups: a young people’s advisory group (ALPHA: Advice Leading to Public Health Advancement) and a Public Involvement Steering Group made up of academics and practitioners with a sound understanding of public involvement.
ALPHA timetable 2013
If you would like to find out more about public involvement, please follow the links given or contact Hayley Reed, Involving Young People Research Officer, on 02920 879053 or firstname.lastname@example.org.