Research Capacity Building
Research Capacity Building (RCB) is a process of individual and institutional development that leads to higher levels of skills and greater ability to produce useful research.

The research capacity strategy for the CLAHRC YH is adapted from an evidence-informed framework (Cooke 2005). It aims to support individuals, teams, organisations and networks to develop, and undertake, research that is useful to health services, academia and the wider economy.

The strategy aims to support synergies across different structural levels. In this way individuals will be supported in their working and networking environment; and networks and organisations will have research undertaken within them that meets organisational objectives.
Work undertaken at each level is described in more detail on the left. 

Reference: Cooke, JA framework to evaluate research capacity building in health care. BMC Family Practice 2005, 6:44


Building and strengthening capacity in themes

Most themes will build capacity through cross boundary partnerships. Priority setting between academics, services and PPI will shape activity, and is supported by our principle of co-production. This has proved a highly successful capacity mechanism for developing ‘useful’ research in the early CLAHRCs.

We will continue to work in partnership with the CLRN to increase cost effective patient recruitment.




Jo Cooke leads the capacity development strategy in the core team. Jo will work with other academics, NIHR CLAHRC YH collaborators, and other parts of the NIHR infrastructure to undertake evaluation of our approach, and to learn what works as we progress together.

Capacity development is an underlying principle in the way NIHR CLAHRC YH works, and as such we expect that it will become routine practice within themes and across the collaboration as a whole.