Participate in our research
To carry out our world-changing research, we need individuals to provide information about their health and other factors that can affect their lives.
Many advances in population health in the United Kingdom and beyond would not have been possible without individuals volunteering their time to advance research. If you are considering participating in a study, this page will help you understand what is involved.
What is a research study?
Our research programmes use data collected through a number of participant studies. These studies help us to learn more about a specific problem or answer a particular question. The information collected varies from study to study – typically questions might focus on the participant’s health, background or education. Once this information has been collected, it is collated and analysed by researchers in order to extract interesting and useful insight - which in turn can have a big impact on policy and practice.
Why should I take part in a research study?
While sometimes there may not be a direct benefit to you, there are many good reasons to take part in a research study. By participating, you will:
- Help researchers understand how a specific issue influences health and wellbeing
- Provide invaluable information that can help others in the future
- In some studies, you will be compensated for your time (normally by shopping voucher).
What happens to my data?
We are committed to conducting responsible research and maximising the use of publicly-funded data to improve health and wellbeing. We have developed a data sharing policy for all of our studies, with the aim of making data as widely and freely available as possible to researchers, while safeguarding the privacy of participants, protecting confidential data, and maintaining the reputation of the study. The criteria and process for accessing data varies according to each study, and further information can be obtained from the researcher conducting the study. You have the right to ask us for the data we hold about you.
The role of social networks in the development and maintenance of maternal obesity
We are looking for pregnant and postnatal women to take part in an interview about managing lifestyle and weight during and after pregnancy. We would like to hear from women who:
- Are pregnant for the first time (13-35 weeks pregnant)
- Were overweight before pregnancy
- Are interested in healthy eating/being more active
And from women who:
- Had their first child 6-12 months ago
- Are overweight and are interested in losing weight
- Are not currently pregnant
If you would like to take part or find out more about our study, contact Bernardette Bonello on 0141 353 7500 or email email@example.com
Sepsis and antibiotic resistance
We are recruiting participants for a research study about infection risk, in particular sepsis, and antibiotic use in children and how reporting of these issues in the media might influence attitudes and behaviour. For this study, we are looking to speak to parents and carers of children under five.
Taking part involves participating in a discussion about these issues lasting about an hour. Participants will be issued with a £20 shopping voucher as a thank you. If you would like to take part or find out more about our study, text 07786113557 leaving a name, number and a good time to call back, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
WAYS (Wellbeing Among Youth in Scotland)
We are currently looking for participants for a project aiming to better understand what matters for health and wellbeing among young people of diverse sexualities and genders across Scotland.
We would like to hear from people who are:
- Aged 16-25
- Living anywhere in Scotland.
Taking part involves two conversational interviews (approx. 1 hour each), about 10-12 weeks apart. Participants will receive a £25 voucher per interview, to thank them for their time. Participants will also be invited to take photos (if they wish) that capture what health and wellbeing means in their day-to-day life.
If you would like to take part or find out more about the WAYS project, please contact Ruth Lewis (call or text 07776 248333, or email email@example.com).