Piloting the Community Engaged Scholars Program in Ireland

Public and patient involvement in health research is not embedded in Irish Universities. As part of the PPI Ignite Awards scheme the HRB have funded 5 Irish Universities to demonstrate the value of PPI and champion this approach in Ireland. PPI involves public/patients working in partnership with researchers in setting research priorities, planning and running research studies and putting research results into practice. Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) is a PPI approach where researchers and community representatives work together on a locally relevant health research issue. As a PPI Ignite University, we are seeking funding through this KEDS Award to deliver a pilot of a well-established CBPR training initiative called the Community Engaged Scholars Program. We will do this in conjunction with an existing and a new US partner. The CES-P pilot will involve the PPI Ignite Team in NUI Galway adapting the CES-P curriculum for an Irish setting delivering CES-P training and education on CBPR to 3 research teams each with Community and Academic partners supporting these research teams to undertake preliminary research facilitating these research teams to submit a grant application to an appropriate funding body We believe that a successful delivery of the CES-P will highlight the merits of approaching health research from a different (CBPR) perspective. We will monitor the outcomes of our Community/Academic partnerships and will look for additional opportunities to sustain the CES-P approach. In this way we will be disseminating knowledge on best practice in PPI in Ireland.

Award Date
27 September 2018
Award Value
Principal Investigator
Professor Sean Dinneen
Host Institution
National University of Ireland, Galway
Knowledge Exchange and Dissemination Scheme