Table 2

Principles for research capacity building and associated indicators.



1. Research capacity is built by developing appropriate skills, and confidence, through training and developing the opportunity to apply skills in practice

• Skills developed through completing project

• Evidence of career development

• Evidence of confidence building (sharing skills, applying skills to new situations, working with other professional groups in research)

• Completed training

• Completed/working towards research qualifications

2. Research capacity building should support research 'close to practice' to highlight its usefulness to practice

• Research question developed from practice

• Research question developed with patients and the public

• Examples of research projects, and findings, have had an impact on local practice

3. Developing linkages, partnerships and collaborations enhances research capacity building

• Evidence of links between practice and universities

• Evidence of links between practitioners in research

• Evidence of inter-professional working

4. Research capacity building should ensure appropriate dissemination

• Local dissemination

• Conference publications

• Peer-reviewed publications

5. Research capacity building should ensure elements of continuity and sustainability

• Applications for funding

• Successful grant applications

• At least one DRT member continued to work in research after DRT finished

6. Developing appropriate infrastructure enhances research capacity building

• Support infrastructure established in team administration

• Links developed to management in organisation

• Arrangements were in place for team members to take protected time to undertake research

Cooke et al. BMC Family Practice 2008 9:37   doi:10.1186/1471-2296-9-37

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