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Developing a Framework for Public Involvement in Mathematical and Economic Modelling: Bringing New Dynamism to Vaccination Policy Recommendations


  • Sophie Staniszewska

    (University of Warwick)

  • Edward M. Hill

    (University of Warwick)

  • Richard Grant

    (University of Warwick)

  • Peter Grove

    (Department of Health)

  • Jarina Porter

    (University of Warwick)

  • Tinevimbo Shiri

    (Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine)

  • Sue Tulip

    (University of Warwick)

  • Jane Whitehurst

    (University of Warwick)

  • Claire Wright

    (Meningitis Research Foundation)

  • Samik Datta

    (National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research Ltd (NIWA))

  • Stavros Petrou

    (University of Oxford
    University of Warwick)

  • Matt Keeling

    (University of Warwick)


Objectives The Mathematical and Economic Modelling for Vaccination and Immunisation Evaluation (MEMVIE) programme aimed to explore, capture and support the potential contribution of the public to mathematical and economic modelling, in order to identify the values that underpin public involvement (PI) in modelling and co-produce a framework that identifies the nature and type of PI in modelling and supports its implementation. Methods We established a PI Reference Group, who worked collaboratively with the academic contributors to create a deliberative knowledge space, which valued different forms of knowledge, expertise and evidence. Together, we explored the key steps of mathematical and economic methods in 21 meetings during 2015–2020. These deliberations generated rich discussion, through which we identified potential points of public contribution and the values that underpin PI in modelling. We iteratively developed a framework to guide future practice of PI in modelling. Results We present the MEMVIE Public Involvement Framework in two forms: a short form to summarise key elements, and a long form framework to provide a detailed description of each potential type of public contribution at each stage of the modelling process. At a macro level, the public can contribute to reviewing context, reviewing relevance, assessing data and justifying model choice, troubleshooting, and interpreting and reviewing outcomes and decision making. The underpinning values that drive involvement include the public contributing to the validity of the model, potentially enhancing its relevance, utility and transparency through diverse inputs, and enhancing the credibility, consistency and continuous development through scrutiny, in addition to contextualising the model within a wider societal view. Discussion and Conclusion PI in modelling is in its infancy. The MEMVIE Framework is the first attempt to identify potential points of collaborative public contribution to modelling, but it requires further evaluation and refinement that we are undertaking in a subsequent study.

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  • Sophie Staniszewska & Edward M. Hill & Richard Grant & Peter Grove & Jarina Porter & Tinevimbo Shiri & Sue Tulip & Jane Whitehurst & Claire Wright & Samik Datta & Stavros Petrou & Matt Keeling, 2021. "Developing a Framework for Public Involvement in Mathematical and Economic Modelling: Bringing New Dynamism to Vaccination Policy Recommendations," The Patient: Patient-Centered Outcomes Research, Springer;International Academy of Health Preference Research, vol. 14(4), pages 435-445, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:patien:v:14:y:2021:i:4:d:10.1007_s40271-020-00476-x
    DOI: 10.1007/s40271-020-00476-x

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    1. Harvard, Stephanie & Winsberg, Eric & Symons, John & Adibi, Amin, 2021. "Value judgments in a COVID-19 vaccination model: A case study in the need for public involvement in health-oriented modelling," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 286(C).

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