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Tips and guidelines on questionnaire design all in one place

  Created on Tuesday, 14 May 2019. Posted in Guidance

Questionnaire Design Resource Centre is a library of tips and guidelines on questionnaire design. It's been created to help researchers better understand the challenges of collecting survey data, improve knowledge in health and market survey questionnaire and clinical outcome assessment measure design.


EME proof of concept

  Created on Thursday, 11 Apr 2019. Posted in Funding | Guidance

All applications to EME must cite some evidence that the intervention could work, i.e. that there is “proof of concept”. How much prior evidence of potential efficacy is needed will vary with the size of the translational step, the scale of the proposed study and the nature of the intervention. This document looks a examples of proof of concept that are accepted by the EME Funding Committees

Video: Writing About Research Methods

  Created on Monday, 14 Jan 2019. Posted in Guidance

The National Centre for Research methods has published a video, presented by Patrick Brindle, introducing researchers to the basics of how to write about research methods in the social sciences (slides on the website)

HRA and MHRA publish joint statement on seeking and documenting consent using electronic methods (eConsent)

  Created on Tuesday, 02 Oct 2018. Posted in Guidance

The HRA have published a joint statement with the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), setting out the legal and ethical requirements for seeking and documenting consent using electronic methods. eConsent is an approach sponsors and researchers are increasingly keen to adopt, and enables potential research participants to be provided with the information they need to make a decision via a tablet, smartphone or digital multimedia.

Writing an effective questionnaire

  Created on Tuesday, 30 Jan 2018. Posted in Guidance

Writing a good questionnaire is harder than it seems, which is why this guide from NHS England is a welcome new addition to their "Bite-Size" series.

Some of the advice may seem basic - for example "avoid using jargon".  But as it progresses, the guide takes us into more interesting territory, covering "cognitive testing", "gratitude bias" and "bipolar" versus "unipolar" scales.  That may sound as though the authors ignored their own advice to avoid using jargon.  But the terms are explained well, within a publication that - as with all Bite Size guides - is clear and concise.

If you need a questionnaire that patients can make sense of, and which will return a set of results that you can make sense of, this is the document to have ready to hand.

“Public engagement: a practical guide” from Sense about Science and NIHR

  Created on Monday, 27 Nov 2017. Posted in Guidance | Public Involvement

The new best practice guide is aimed at helping other researchers involve the public in communicating findings from the earliest stages of their projects and on the most challenging of subjects. It features a five-step process to present research information in a way that is shaped from the outset by people who will use it. The advice given ranges from initial scoping of the subject to planning and user-testing materials to present findings in a clear and accessible way.

New framework for UK health and social care research launched

  Created on Tuesday, 21 Nov 2017. Posted in Guidance

This policy framework sets out 19 principles of good practice in the management and conduct of health and social care research in the UK. 

These principles protect and promote the interests of patients, service users and the public in health and social care research, by describing ethical conduct and proportionate, assurance-based management of health and social care research, so as to support and facilitate high-quality research in the UK that has the confidence of patients, service users and the public.

INVOLVEs draft Guidance about Co-Production in research

  Created on Tuesday, 21 Nov 2017. Posted in Public Involvement | Guidance

This guidance identifies some key principles and features involved in co-producing research. Co-producing research at its simplest means people working in partnership to design, develop and deliver research and knowledge. However Co-producing research is a way of working that requires

  • a change in the power dynamics between researchers, professionals and the public so that there is an equal partnership and joint ownership of key decisions in both the research and the development of knowledge
  • an emphasis on the relationships, new knowledge and outcomes that emerge from the research process.


New guides to NIHR and Health Education England (HEE) clinical academic careers

  Created on Monday, 18 Sep 2017. Posted in Guidance

Two new guides to support healthcare professionals to develop clinical academic careers have been launched. These guides were created by NIHR and Health Education England (HEE) to provide information on the various awards available through the two organisations. In addition, the guides contain information on how to apply for awards, and how the awards work in practice. The guides also feature case studies from award holders who talk about their experiences and the impact an NIHR or HEE award has had on their career.

The two guides available are: