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It is becoming increasingly important to be able to report on the impact of your PPI – to funders, for journal publications and to your public contributors. There are many tools available for doing this, but often they are designed to be used at the end of a project when it can be hard to remember what you did as result of PPI or evidence its impact.

Researchers from Oxford have developed a recording tool, with input from public contributors, PPI staff and researchers, that can be used as you go along, to take note of PPI activities, the decisions that resulted from the input, and provide an opportunity to reflect and learn. Following on from feedback they received, they have also created a version which can be used with a group that meets regularly.

Please do try them out, and if you have any feedback on how they could be improved, contact the PPI Manager (

Other tools are available to plan, record and reflect on your PPI. Some alternatives that you may be interested to try are:

'The Cube' - this is a framework that uses a digital tool to support the evaluation of the quality of PPI. All researchers in the department and any researchers funded by the NIHR ARC Oxford and Thames Valley can request a Cube free of charge - please email

The PPI impact log, developed by People in Health West of England.

The Public Involvement in Research Impact Toolkit (PIRIT), developed by Marie Curie Cancer Centre and Wales Cancer Research Centre.