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Public insights

One way of helping us to appreciate people's views about our work and our science is through public attitude studies. We get involved in a variety of public attitude studies, very often with partners, as advisers, commissioners, funders or enablers. This work helps to ensure that we are aware of public attitudes to medical research and to take account of public concerns. Insights from this work can also help our researchers understand how best to communicate their work.

Title of public dialogue activities and attitude surveys

Partners

Year

Understanding Patient Data A task force led by Wellcome and supported by the MRC On-going
Research Councils UK Public Insight Research Led by RCUK on behalf of the UK Research Councils 2017

Factors affecting public engagement by researchers

Led by Wellcome on behalf of a consortium of funders of UK public research including the UK Research Councils

2015

Genome sequencing: What do patients think?

Led by Genetic Alliance UK with funding from the MRC

2015

Openness in Animal Research

Led by Understanding Animal Research with support from the MRC and ScienceWise

2013

Public Involvement Impact Assessment Framework (PiiAF)

Developed by the PiiAF Study Group with funding from the MRC

2013

Public and professional views towards donating human biological samples for biomedical research

Led by the Strategic Tissue Repository Alliances

Through Unified Methods (STRATUM) with support from the MRC

2013

Public dialogue on data openness, data re-use and data management

Led by RCUK on behalf of the UK Research Councils

2012

Assessing Public Attitudes to Health Related Findings in Research

Led by Wellcome with support from the MRC

2012

RCUK Review of e-Science

Led by EPSRC on behalf of the UK Research Councils

2009

Public and stakeholder stem cell dialogue (PDF, 1.27MB)

Led by the MRC in partnership with Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), with support from Sciencewise

2008

Public Consultation on the Use of Personal Health Information in Research (PDF, 1.43MB)

Commissioned by the MRC

2007

Public Consultation on Ageing Research  - Research into Public Attitudes Towards

Led by the MRC in partnership with Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)

2006

 

Factors Affecting Science Communication by Scientists and Engineers

Led by The Royal Society on behalf of a consortium of organisations including the UK Research Councils

2006

Attitudes to Animal Research

Commissioned by members of the Coalition for Medical Progress including the MRC

2005

2002

Public Consultation on Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies

Run in partnership with Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Department of Health and the Food Standards Agency

2004

Public Consultation on the Use of Human Embryos in Medical Research

Commissioned by a consortium of organisations including the MRC

2003

DNA 50th Anniversary Survey

Commissioned by the MRC

2003

Consultations responses

Details of MRC written submissions to consultations and inquiries including parliamentary select committees, Government and other organisations are available at Consultation responses.