Checklist for improving your use of research
This checklist identifies ways of encouraging greater use of research. To use it, answer the questions below in relation to your organisation/department:
Is there a culture of using research?
- Are top-level managers involved in using research and/or encouraging others to use research?
- Is there a key advocate for research?
- Is research adopted as a framework for informing practice?
- Is there staff ownership of commissioned research projects, or research pertaining to specific areas of practice?
- Are staff aware of the potential benefits of using research?
- Are there incentives for staff to use research?
- Is research genuinely embedded into policy development?
- Are new initiatives or structures being developed to encourage evidence-based approaches to practice?
- Is research commissioned effectively?
Is there an established research commissioning process?
- Is there close collaboration with researchers?
- Are there links with university departments and research organisations?
- Are pilot studies conducted prior to commissioning full research projects?
- Does the local authority have sufficient internal capacity for conducting research?
- Do researchers have sufficient knowledge and understanding of the local context?
- Is research disseminated effectively?
Are there formal structures for disseminating research?
Are there systems for accessing research?
Does an individual have responsibility for disseminating research?
Are there research groups or forums to discuss and share research?
Are there resources available for research dissemination?
Does the authority have ‘dissemination days’ to highlight key pieces of research?
Do key practitioners disseminate research?
Does the authority produce research summaries?
Are senior staff interested in the research?
Is there a key individual with an interest in the research?
Is dissemination targeted at relevant individuals?
Are there a variety of forms of dissemination?
Are there good links with research organisations who can talk to staff about relevant research?
Is there a process for using research to inform policy and practice?
- Is research that is linked to a policy or practice change being disseminated across the authority?
- Are service users and practitioners consulted about intended policy/practice changes?
- Are groups established to oversee the implementation of policy/practice changes?
- Are presentations held to raise awareness of policy/practice changes?
- Do practitioners have opportunities to feedback about the effects and successes of policy/practice changes?
- Is the impact of a policy/practice change reviewed through other data collection (e.g. exam results, attendance figures)?
- Are service users consulted about the effectiveness of policy/practice changes?