Involving young people in sexual health research and service improvement: conceptual analysis of patient and public involvement (PPI) in three projects


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  • Co-production
  • Getting started: involving people
  • Involvement good practice
  • Working with communities

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  • Article


  • Ruth Lewis, Nicola Boydell, Carolyn Blake, Zoe Clarke, Kirsten Kernaghan, Christina McMellon

Publication date:

  • 28th October 2022

Date added to Learning for Involvement:

  • 5th June 2024
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This article critically assesses young people’s involvement as public partners in three sexual health projects, with respect to seven interconnected dimensions of participatory practice: purpose, positioning, perspectives, power relations, protection, place and process.
Key learning includes the importance of young people’s early involvement in agenda-setting for projects; developing trusting partnerships that can support involvement of diverse groups of young people; creating multiple ways for young people to contribute, including those that do not rely on direct conversation; and a need to prioritise evaluation both of young people’s experiences of involvement, and the changes that involvement makes to strengthening research and services.

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