What is engagement and its role in research?

Engagement in research refers to the active involvement of various stakeholders, including researchers, policymakers, and the general public, throughout the research process.

Engagement at OUCRU is a two-way process.

By involving stakeholders in the research process, engagement promotes a two-way exchange of knowledge, ideas, and perspectives, leading to more informed decision-making and the development of evidence-based policies. Furthermore, engagement fosters transparency, trust, and accountability, as it encourages open dialogue and participation among stakeholders.

Ultimately, engagement enhances the societal impact of research by promoting its accessibility, relevance, and applicability to real-world challenges and needs.


Engagement in research

Find out more about what we do and the impact it has.

What We Do

‘Through our engagement we can empower young people, health workers and communities and bring the benefits of science closer to them’ 

'OUCRU's policy engagement programme is about finding ways for our researchers to communicate with policy stakeholders, to help ensure that our research is relevant, locally driven, and impactful'

Involve the local communities in our research to generate dialogue between researchers and the public 

Engaging with policy makers to influence decision making and improve public health

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Featured Engagement Projects

The study aimed to analyse how policy stakeholders in Vietnam use scientific evidence for health policies and enhance the engagement between the scientific community (specifically OUCRU) and policy makers.
Community Advisory Boards comprise public representatives, researchers, doctors, and coordinators. These groups aim to facilitate engagement and discussions, leading to a better understanding of public concerns, gathering feedback, and promoting direct interaction between community members and researchers.
Led by OUCRU’s Youth Science Ambassadors (YSAs), Collab Lab aims to equip young people with public engagement skills and knowledge in health science.

The events, consisted of a play and activities, aim at educating students about responsible antibiotic use.

The play, titled “Take medicine recklessly, bacteria can resist,” underscores the importance of individual actions, particularly those of young students, in combating this health threat.

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