Welcome to The People’s Trial
The People’s Trial is a new and exciting way to participate in scientific research, where you decide all the major steps of a randomised trial.
Anyone can take part – you don’t need special skills or training as we tell you everything you need to know to get involved. It’s a fun, free way to enjoy science while doing a little bit of good in the world.
You are invited to identify questions we might use for The People’s Trial, choose the question, then design and take part in the trial. In the last step we will ask to identify how we may best share what we have learned from The People’s Trial.
How The People’s Trial will work.
Everything takes place online
1: What sort of questions could we try to answer?
All good trials start with a good question. We would like you to suggest questions we might use for The People’s Trial. Have you ever wondered whether it would be possible to get some proof for something you’d been told you had to do? Or just wanted to know more about something? We’ve given a few examples below of the sorts of questions we are thinking of. You’ll have heard all of these before but is there any truth behind them? Now’s your chance to find out. You can use any of these examples or, even better, come up with your own question.
2: Choosing our trial question
From your suggestions, we will get a list of great questions. We will only put on the list questions that could be answered through The People’s Trial. If people suggest similar questions, we might be able to join those up. We will then have a list of really interesting questions. The People’s Trial can only answer one question and YOU will choose it. We will ask people to vote for their favourite question from the list of questions we are sent. We’ll do this using short questionnaires.
3: What information do we need to collect to answer the People’s favourite question?
We now have your favourite question, the one you’d most like an answer to. Now it’s time to think about how we’ll answer this question and in particular HOW we will collect information on the outcome we have decided on?
4: Being a bit random– deciding who gets what in the trial
Researchers get excited about the idea of randomisation in trials. Why? What is its purpose and why is it important?
5: Run our study – The People’s Trial
Now we are ready to begin our trial…this step will depend on what our trial question is. We will keep you posted!
6: Report what we found
What did we discover during our trial?