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Evidence is beginning to accumulate in support of the idea that stakeholder engagement, by incorporating the knowledge and experiences of those closest to the issue being researched, yields evidence that is more relevant and useful to the needs of stakeholders. Although more research is needed, we can make informed and reasonable hypotheses regarding the potential impacts of stakeholder engagement. Below is a summary of such hypotheses identified in a publication by Esmail et al Evaluating Patient and Stakeholder Engagement in Research: Moving from Theory to Practice:

  • Better quality research: The unique perspective of stakeholders has the potential to promote more useful evidence that is more relevant and responsive to the needs of patients and other stakeholders.
  • Increased applicability of research, especially for marginalized populations: For example, by engaging marginalized populations or those who are considered "hard-to-reach", the resulting research findings are more applicable and acceptable to a wider range of patients and can help to address existing disparities. stakeholder partners can help facilitate the uptake of results in their communities and healthcare settings by acting as "ambassadors" of research efforts.
  • Empowering patients: Engaged patients take greater ownership of research and are empowered to take a more active role in their healthcare
  • Increased translation, dissemination & uptake of results: Partnering with stakeholders early in the research process can aid with the translation and dissemination of findings, which ultimately increases the uptake of results in target communities. Stakeholders may also help to facilitate the uptake of results in their own communities by acting as ambassadors of research efforts, accelerating its adoption into practice.
  • Democracy & accountability: By engaging stakeholders in research, researchers and funding agencies are more likely to take into consideration the needs of stakeholders and the broader community. This provides some assurance that resources are allocated in ways that serve the public interest. It lends a sense of transparency and accountability to the research conducted
  • Moral obligation: As the end-users of the research results, it is argued that stakeholders have a fundamental right to be involved with the research process. This argument morally obligates researchers to involve patients and other stakeholders in research, beyond the role of research subjects.

While there is a clear need for research on the impacts of stakeholder engagement, there remains an increasing demand for stakeholder-engaged research from funders. Such funders, including the US National Institutes of Health and PCORI, emphasize that involving stakeholders in research is crucial if we want our work to have real-world impact need for evaluation of impacts of stakeholder engagement, etc.

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