Rural Research Capacity Building Program
The two-year experiential research program is underpinned by a curriculum and a competency-based framework covering major aspects of the research process. Almost 200 rurally located NSW health staff have undertaken the program since it commenced in 2006. The implementation and translation of their research projects is influencing health service delivery, health outcomes and research expertise across rural NSW and beyond.
- Understanding the context of research
- Designing research
- Conducting research
- Communicating research
- Engagement and executive and managerial level throughout rural LHDs, Ambulance NSW, Justice Health and Forensic Mental Health
- NSW Health Pillars
- The Office of Health and Medical Research
- Australian Rural Health Research Collaboration
- The University of Sydney School of Rural Health and Sydney Medical School
Information for all intakes is routinely collected on aspects of the program such as financial investment, attendance at face-to-face workshops or teleconferences and progress to timelines for candidates, graduation rates and post-program research implementation.
Self-assessed competence on selected research skills is captured using the 'Research Spider'. This is collected in terms of inputs, outputs and outcomes and is based on a program logic model. Information is added to this continually to keep it up to date.
Publications related to the evaluation of the Rural Research capacity Building Program include:
Schmidt, D., Robinson, K., Webster, E., 2014. Factors influencing attrition from a researcher training program. International Journal for Researcher Development, 5(1) 56-67.
Duncanson, K., Webster, E.L. and Schmidt, D.D., 2018. Impact of a remotely delivered, writing for publication program on publication outcomes of novice researchers. Rural & Remote Health, 18(2).
The Rural Research Capacity Building Program was formally reviewed in May 2014 by Dr Tim Smythe. The review can be found here. The review recommenced a number of options to strengthen the program and led to an extensive consultation and redesign process. date.
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