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Harnessing collaboration to build nursing research capacity: A research team journey

Priest, Helena, Segrott, Jeremy ORCID:, Green, Barbara and Rout, Amelia 2007. Harnessing collaboration to build nursing research capacity: A research team journey. Nurse Education Today 27 (6) , pp. 577-587. 10.1016/j.nedt.2006.08.019

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This paper discusses a qualitative evaluation study, designed to explore nursing lecturers’ research capability development through their engagement as co-researchers in a larger case study project (referred to as the ‘main project’). It explores the justification for supporting research capacity development using this collaborative approach, the process and experience of undertaking collaborative research, and the effectiveness of this model of collaboration in developing new researchers. The paper also makes connections between the process of undertaking the research (designed to offer opportunities for inexperienced researchers to be involved) and the main project findings (which explored the ways in which academic schools develop research capacity). We first set the main project in its wider context and map key issues relating to research capacity development and collaboration in the literature, before outlining how we involved neophyte and ‘midiphyte’ researchers. The evaluative study, which is the focus of this paper, discusses the experiences of the neophyte researchers, and explores the synergies between the main project’s key findings and the process of undertaking it. We conclude with some principles for using collaboration to build research capacity, visualised through a conceptual model. While this project was located within two universities in the UK, the development of research skills amongst nurses is likely to have broad international relevance. NB1 References to ‘nursing’, ‘nursing research’, and ‘nursing education’ are taken throughout to apply equally to midwifery, midwifery research, and midwifery education. NB2 For the purpose of this project, neophyte researchers are defined as staff needing formal training in research and involvement in others’ research, and ‘midiphyte’ researchers as those with some training but needing support to develop research ideas.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Development and Evaluation of Complex Interventions for Public Health Improvement (DECIPHer)
Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
R Medicine > RT Nursing
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0260-6917
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2022 09:18

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