5.3 A Realist review of research capacity frameworks in health and social care


Research capacity development (RCD) is considered fundamental to closing the evidence-practice gap, thereby contributing to health, wealth and knowledge for practice. Numerous frameworks and models are proposed for developing research capacity, but there is little evidence of what works for whom under what circumstances. 

In particular there is a need to identify specific mechanisms by which candidate interventions, or clusters of interventions might achieve RCD and thus contribute to long term impact.

This project involves a realist synthesis of the research capacity frameworks literature in order to uncover the mechanisms of meaningful research capacity development in the context of health and social care. 



Research Team 

The investigators on this project are Jo Cooke and Andrew Booth (pictured left)