Research Generator Workshops- an explanation

What we all know….

Clinicians should be delivering “evidence based” therapy  (clinicians need to prove to commissioners that what they do works if they want to keep a slice of the meagre resources the NHS has to share out) 

Researchers should be trying to answer important questions designed to build that evidence base

We are encouraged to work together towards these goals

Only a few of us actually manage this

Oh no (we hear you cry), what should we do?

Step in white knight on shiny horse…ARG is here to help!

Image by By AKARAKINGDOMS, published on freedigital photos.net

Image by By AKARAKINGDOMS, published on freedigital photos.net

The Research Generator Workshop (RGW) has landed.

The RGW is going to be piloted at the next ARG meeting on the 6th November at UCL.

In brief, the concept is as follows:

1. Each RGW will be 1 hour in length.

2. Each session will be dedicated to one or two peoples or teams research dilemma.

For example:

    • You have an idea for a research project, but would like ARG to help you develop it further/suggest potential supervisors/ insure it is relevant to clinical and client needs
    • You have to conduct an service audit, and want to insure it is as well designed and robust as possible
    • Your commissioner or manager has asked you for evidence that a new group or intervention you are doing is effective
    • You are putting together an MSc project and would like advice/support in it’s development
    • You are considering a PhD and are not sure whether your idea is suitable for a PhD project
    • How and who to pitch an idea to maximise your chances of funding
    • You are refining your PhD/MSc research question or design and need support with baseline or outcome measures or you want to know whether your description of an intervention or methodology is clear and complete.

3. Two weeks before the ARG meeting, if you are chosen for the RGW you will need to provide ARG with a presentation of your ideas and dilemma. The presentation can be in any of the following formats:

    • A powerpoint
    • A prezi presentation
    • A video

The idea is like that of “Lecture Flipping”.  One of the key parts of the RGW is that people come to the meeting already knowing:

(a)  What it is you as the presenter know, and

(b) What you would like help with.

It might help to watch this 12 minute YouTube clip on ‘The Flipped Classroom’ by Tracey Tokuhama-Espinosa, Ph.D. (Universidad San Francisco de Quito), just to put you in the mood!

We have also started a page dedicated to resources and references that should help you in the quest (like the Knights theme here) to turn a clinical query into a well thought out research question, you can reach this from here or from the home page, it is called “Developing a Research Question”.

4. The RGW hour in the ARG meeting can then be used to help push your  research idea/dilemma/design forward. Dependent upon your needs, members will be divided into workgroups to consider your presentation to discuss, for example:

  • The types of literature that may help you
  • How you might refine your posed question
  • How you might make your question more manageable/realistic for the size of project you can undertake
  • How your question might be answered (i.e. the research design or methodology)
  • The variables that may be impacting on your proposed research design

The groups will then reconvene to feedback, with plenty of time for further discussion.

5. Then it is back to you!

Small print: The RGW is not designed to give you a definitive solution. ARG hold no responsibility for any subsequent heckling or challenges you may receive about your research design from zealous commissioners or academic colleagues at conferences. ARG aims to utilise it’s collective knowledge to provide a intellectual nudge in a useful or new direction.

ARG would love feedback about how useful the experience was, and a few lines for us to place on our blog about what you did next.

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