Evaluating and reporting
It is important to evaluate and report on patient and public involvement and public engagement activities. Evaluation will support you to learn from your PPI activities and take these learning with you to a next project. Reporting is often required by funders to understand what impact their grant made. These reports can also be used to share best practices wider within the research community.
The GRIPP2 reporting checklist has been developed to support researchers to report their involvement activities.
It recommended to include evaluation plan and make references to your plan when evaluating the activity. The National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement has written a blog on evaluating public engagement activities and shares various resources to evaluate your engagement activities.
The School for Primary Care Research developed a template to record your involvement and engagement activities. Don’t forget to include details of your Public and Patient sample demographics (age, gender ratios, socio-economic status etc.), they are important to understand what sections of the population are represented in your PPI work.