The development and application of audit criteria for assessing knowledge exchange plans in health research grant applications
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Background: Research funders expect evidence of end user engagement and impact plans in research proposals. Drawing upon existing frameworks, we developed audit criteria to help researchers and their institutions assess the knowledge exchange plans of health research proposals. Findings: Criteria clustered around five themes: problem definition; involvement of research users; public and patient engagement; dissemination and implementation; and planning, management and evaluation of knowledge exchange. We applied these to a sample of grant applications from one research institution in the United Kingdom to demonstrate feasibility. Conclusion: Our criteria may be useful as a tool for researcher self-assessment and for research institutions to assess the quality of knowledge exchange plans and identify areas for systematic improvement.
Ruppertsberg , A I , Ward , V , Ridout , A & Foy , R 2014 , ' The development and application of audit criteria for assessing knowledge exchange plans in health research grant applications ' , Implementation Science , vol. 9 , no. 1 , 93 . https://doi.org/10.1186/s13012-014-0093-0
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