The importance of evaluating health and social care services and developments is increasingly recognised in policy and practice. However ‘Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) in evaluation’ is still in its infancy. This is were evaluation is carried out actively ‘with’ or ‘by’ service-suers, patients and other members of the public – rather than ‘to’, ‘about’ or ‘for’ them.
It’s time to champion and embed PPI into service evaluation activity, and to create public partnerships over decisions about what is evaluated, and how. We can learn from progress within ‘PPI in research’, to develop similar participatory approaches to pragmatic evaluations.