Developing NIHR guiding principles for CEI - have your say!

21 October, 2023

Dear HIFA colleagues,

Today we launch a public consultation on our guiding principles for community engagement and involvement in health research (CEI). We are aiming to build consensus by seeking feedback on the principles, their descriptions and how they could be implemented in diverse local contexts.

Here's the link to the survey:

It should take around 15 - 20 minutes to complete, and it closes on 1 December.

The survey is open to everyone with an interest in CEI, and all HIFA members are welcome to participate. Please do share widely with colleagues, networks, and friends. If you have any questions, email


Rationale and more detail:

The NIHR expects Community Engagement and Involvement (CEI) to be integrated in the full spectrum of the research it supports. NIHR has both a vision and goals for CEI. However, we wanted to bring together wider work on the foundations of good CEI in research and

present these key attributes in an accessible way. These new guiding principles aim to help clarify the expectations of CEI by:

- providing stronger guidance for the global health research community in developing CEI plans that are robust, appropriate, and effective for both the local context and for the study design.

- being useful to research funding committee members, providing them with a framework and criteria to carry out more robust assessments of research proposals.

The principles are not a set of rules but more conceptual and will be realised in practice in many ways, reflecting the huge contextual variation in global health research.

To date, we have carried out a rapid scoping review of literature, which, along with previous development work, aimed to identify CEI principles related to how researchers and communities interact within the global health research context. Earlier feedback on the

emerging principles was sought from a group of CEI Leads across NIHR awards and from an independent group of CEI experts formed to advise on the work.


Best regards,


Patrick Wilson

Head of Global Health Communications & Stakeholder Engagement

National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR)

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HIFA profile: Patrick Wilson is Head of Global Health Communications & Stakeholder Engagement at the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR), UK . Professional interest: Global health research. @NIHRglobal patrick.wilson AT