- Six citizens' juries pilot schemes, sponsored by the Institute for Public Policy Research and the King's Fund, took place in the NHS between June 1996 and March 1997. This book evaluates all aspects of this experiment, from an explanation of the background to the pilots to descriptions of the jury process and public involvement methods. The evaluation found that the participating citizens found the whole experience very rewarding. They were able to address specific health issues, hear from witnesses, share ideas and make practical recommendations to the health authority. This report also describes some drawbacks of the pilot schemes, including the amount of planning involved and the limited number of people who participated in any one health authority. However, the overall finding was that citizens' juries introduced new elements which strengthened the public involvement process from the point of view of both health authorities and citizens, and these could be used to improve current practice.