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Developing research capacity building and research utilisation - Evaluating the internship programme

What are the objectives of the study?

This study explores the experiences of those taking part in the CLAHRC GM internship programme.


  • To examine and investigate the impact of the internship programme on interns’ research knowledge and skills.
  • To examine the impact of the internship programme on the interns career development.

What does the study involve?

A longitudinal study, collecting both qualitative and quantitative data. Semi structured interviews conducted at the end of the programme and one year following completion of the programme. Quantitative data collected at the start and end of the programme.


What is the duration of the study?

The interviews and data collection are taking place over a two year period commencing July 2017.


What difference will the study make?

The majority of health service research literature focusing on capacity building typically concentrates on developing the skills needed to participate in and undertake research projects, however,  the development of skills required to successfully utilise research in clinical practice and quality improvement has received relatively less attention. To fully understand how research capacity is developed in organisations, it is important to understand how this process of learning and development can take place. Research has shown that simply developing skills in collecting, preparing and disseminating research evidence is not sufficient for developing and transforming knowledge into clinical outputs and action. To address this issue interns will develop a piece of work directly linked to their clinical practice.