Table 2

Principles for research capacity building and associated indicators.

Principles

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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