Table 1

Principles of research capacity building and examples of measurement criteria

PrincipleExamples of measurement criteria
1. Building skills and confidence through training and creating opportunities to apply skillsEvidence of progressive skill development
Research undertaken
Skill mix of team
Availability and use of training funds
Evidence of outreach work undertaken in organisations
Evidence of secondment opportunities offered and taken up
2. Supporting research ‘close to practice’ in order for it to be usefulEvidence of patient-centred outcome measures in projects, and impact of project on patients' quality of life, including social capital and health gain
Evidence on level, and nature, of service user involvement
Evidence of supporting service user links in research
Evidence of research questions being developed with practice, needs and priorities
Development and use of cost-effective methodologies
3. Establishing linkages, partnerships and collaborations to enhance RCBEvidence of increased number of research partnerships
Evidence of inter-professional working
Links with universities/Research Design Support Units (RDSUs)
Work with funding bodies
Evidence of research collaboration with practitioners, teams, networks and organisations in healthcare practice
International links
4. Ensuring appropriate dissemination to maximise impactPapers in research and practice journals
Conference presentations
Applied dissemination of findings
Seminar programmes relating to research undertaken
Papers focusing on health services research, written with practitioners
Conference presentations at practice- focused conferences
5. Building elements of sustainability and continuitySuccessful access to funding for continued application of skills (grants and fellowships)
Examples of continued support and supervision arrangements
Examples of continued collaboration
Linked support within career pathways
Fellowships supported
6. Investing in appropriate infrastructure to enhance RCB (Cooke, 2005)Evidence of project management (objective setting with timescales)
A description of mentorship and supervision structures
Evidence of R&D information dissemination strategies
The nature of collaborations (coauthorship, order of authorship)
Organise information exchange events
  • RCB, research capacity building.