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Research Ready Grant Program (RRGP) protocol: a model for collaborative multidisciplinary practice resarch partnerships


Flenady, T and Dwyer, T and Kahl, J and Sobolewska, A and Reid-Searl, K, Research Ready Grant Program (RRGP) protocol: a model for collaborative multidisciplinary practice resarch partnerships, Health Research Policy and Systems, 20, (1) Article 62. ISSN 1478-4505 (2022) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1186/s12961-022-00870-x


Background: Little attention has been given to the process of implementing or evaluating a structured academic-clinician (university-health service) research capacity-building (RCB) model within healthcare settings. We have developed a model for collaborative multidisciplinary practice-research partnerships called the Research Ready Grant Program (RRGP). The RRGP is informed by Cooke's (BMC Fam Pract 6:44, 2005) RCB framework and principles. The aim of the study outlined in this protocol is to conduct a process and outcome evaluation of the programme. We will explore how the RRGP's structured mentor model contributes to RCB of clinician-led multidisciplinary research teams. We will identify key factors at the organization, team and individual levels that affect research capacity of health professionals working in one regional health service district. This protocol describes the RRGP design and outlines the methods we will employ to evaluate an RCB programme, the RRGP, delivered in a regional health service in Australia.

Subjects/Methods: designed to evaluate the process of implementing an RCB model across one regional hospital and health service. Both quantitative and qualitative data collection methods over a 12-month period will be implemented. Data triangulation will be applied to capture the complex issues associated with implementing collaborative multidisciplinary practice-research partnerships.

Discussion:The RRGP is an innovative RCB model for clinicians in their workplace. It is expected that the programme will facilitate a culture of collaborative multidisciplinary research and strengthen hospital-university partnerships.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Programme evaluation; Research capacity-building; Research training.
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:Vocational education and training curriculum and pedagogy
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Evaluation of health and support services
Objective Field:Evaluation of health outcomes
UTAS Author:Reid-Searl, K (Professor Kerry Reid-Searl)
ID Code:153925
Year Published:2022
Deposited By:Nursing
Deposited On:2022-10-17
Last Modified:2022-12-06
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