Support the testing of a new Quality Mark for Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement (PPIE)

We all want an open, inclusive and accessible research culture. There are many ways that this can be achieved, and below is one such example.

Kay Gallacher, public contributor, and co-chair of the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health’s (FBMH) PPIE Forum, first came up with the idea of creating a tool to help self-assess and ultimately improve the quality of PPIE in research projects. This is important in supporting open, inclusive and accessible research. 

So the PPIE Forum, a group comprised of public contributors, staff and students, embarked on creating what is now known as the ‘PPIE Quality Mark’. 10 criteria were chosen:











We now want to find out if using this Quality Mark as a self-assessment tool really does improve PPIE in practice. We also want to test the suitability of the 10 criteria, and the tool’s usability over a range of several types of research and, further down the line, teaching projects. For this, we have been awarded a part-time Open Research Fellowship, funded by Research England to undertake this work, through The University of Manchester.

How can I get involved?

You can get involved by either one or all the below:

  • Padlet (external to UoM) – provide your comments on the Quality Mark’s criteria and PPIE in general 
  • survey – participate in a brief survey asking about your experience of the Quality Mark, either from direct use or by considering using it for your research project 
  • focus group (UoM staff, students and public only)
  • a semi-structured interview (UoM staff, students and public only)

To find out what is required, please read the participant information sheet. which provides additional information.

If you would like to find out more, please contact us on 

Project team: Samantha Franklin, Kay Gallacher and Hawys Williams

The project has received UREC ethical approval.

Ref: 2024-18525-3290

To find out more about PPIE: watch our short film, sign up to the monthly Public Engagement Digest, visit the PPIE blog, or contact