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Research capacity for everyone? A case study of two academic nursing schools' capacity building strategies

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posted on 2018-01-17, 17:42 authored by Barbara Green, Jeremy Segrott, Helena Priest, Amelia Rout, Mike McIvor, Julie Douglas, Yvonne Flood, Sara Morris, Claire Rushton
This paper reports the findings of a comparative case-study project which evaluated the development of nursing research capacity in two academic schools in the United Kingdom. The research compared the approaches used, explored the experiences of staff during the implementation process, and identified the outcomes which were achieved. The methods employed were in-depth interviews, focus groups and documentary analysis. A literature review was undertaken to inform the design and conduct of the study (Segrott et al., 2006). The project's findings are divided into five sections. We begin by discussing the strategies implemented by the two schools, and their overall success. We then examine the wider development of a research culture, explore the problems and challenges experienced, and consider the management and organisation of capacity building. The final theme concerns the role played by the schools' wider institutional and political contexts. The paper explores the relative strengths of inclusive and exclusive approaches to staff development, and the importance of integrated academic leadership and effective management. The study highlights the need for academic schools to forge strong connections between experienced researchers and novices, as well as between teaching and research activities.

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Journal of Research in Nursing, 2007, 12 (3), pp. 247-265

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/Organisation/COLLEGE OF LIFE SCIENCES/School of Medicine/Diabetes Research Centre

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  • AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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Journal of Research in Nursing

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SAGE Publications (UK and US)

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1744-9871

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1744-988X

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2007

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2018-01-17

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http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/1744987107078405

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en

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