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Building Capacity

One of primary functions of CLAHRCs is to increase the capacity of NHS organisations, public health in Local Authorities and universities to engage with and apply research and to implement research findings into practice.

Trostle’s (1992) definition of Research Capacity Development (RCD) as
‘a process of individual and institutional development which leads to higher levels of skills and greater ability to perform useful research
also extends to the development of skills and ability to apply relevant useful research to practice. 

RCD should occur at different structural levels to promote change and sustainable development in individuals, teams and organisations (Cooke 2005).  The Research Capacity Strategy describes the way in which RCD is led, supported and encouraged within CLAHRC SY and is based on Cooke’s Research Capacity Building Framework and the Re:Cap study

  • CLAHRC SY Research Capacity Strategy
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  • Cooke J (2005) A framework to evaluate research capacity building in health care.
    BMC Family Practice 2005 6:44
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  • Cooke J, Booth A, Nancarrow S. & Wilkinson A. (2006)
    Re:Cap – identifying the evidence base for Research Capacity development in health and social care. A scoping review of the literature 
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National Institute for Health Research Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care for South Yorkshire (CLAHRC SY) acknowledges funding from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). The views and opinions expressed are those of the authors, and not necessarily those of the NHS, the NIHR or the Department of Health.

CLAHRC SY would also like to acknowledge the participation and resources of our partner organisations. Further details can be found here

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