National Institute of Health Research

Adding Value in Research

The NIHR is committed to Adding Value in Research to maximise the potential impact of research that it funds for patients and the public. This means ensuring that it answers the right questions, delivers the research efficiently and publishes the results in full in an accessible and unbiased report.

Maximising the potential impact for patients and the public from money spent on health research

Adding Value in Research ensures that NIHR funded research:

  • answers questions relevant to clinicians, patients and the public;
  • uses appropriate design and methods;
  • is delivered efficiently;
  • results in accessible full publication; and
  • produces unbiased and usable reports.


Adding Value in Research is the positive response to the work of Sir Iain Chalmers and Professor Paul Glasziou in 2009*. We use their stages in the research cycle to assess our research management processes and identify where we can add value in research.

 

Adding Value in Research Framework

Adding Value in Research framework

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How we apply an Adding Value in Research framework

We undertake a range of activities to support Adding Value in Research. These activities are underpinned by our ‘Needs Led Science Added (NLSA)’ approach to ensure maximum value from the NIHR’s investment to the NHS and public health decision makers:

Adding Value in Research Quality Improvement Template

The Adding Value in Research team at NETSCC developed a quality improvement tool (pdf, 113.09 KB) based on the work of Chalmers and Glasziou. It can be used by research systems to assess their research management processes and to identify opportunities for quality improvements.

The NETS Programmes are also using the tool to identify common themes and examples of good practice across the NETS programmes and wider NIHR. Self-assessment against the tool resulted in identification of 56 specific actions and activities undertaken by NETS Programmes that add value across the entire Chalmers and Glasziou framework. These are captured thematically in the table below. The tool has been shared with other NIHR Funding Programmes and can be adapted for use by any research funder.

Research on Research Programme

In 2007, an internal programme of research, the Research on Research (RoR) Programme was established. It conducts studies on how we manage our research programmes and the projects they fund. Adding Value in Research is one of three core strategic areas for the RoR Programme.

 

Collaborative work across the NIHR on Adding Value in Research

We also participate in the NIHR-wide activities aimed at taking the Adding Value in Research agenda forward across the NIHR.

Collaborative work across the NIHR on Adding Value in Research to date:

  • Guidance notes for applicants (pdf, 339.65 KB), designed to ensure that all primary research funded by the NIHR is informed by a review of the existing literature, have been developed and are being implemented.
  • Guidance notes for applicants (pdf, 124.17 KB), designed to ensure that all NIHR funded research is published, have been developed and are being implemented.
  • Work is underway to develop and agree guidance on how long it should take for the NIHR funded research to be published.
  • Work to ensure that all NIHR funded research is delivered to time and target is underway.
  • We are providing Adding Value in Research information to patients, the public and health professionals as it becomes available.

Further Information

For further information on Adding Value in Research please contact netscomms@southampton.ac.uk

Useful documents

Download the NIHR Adding Value in Research information hand-out (pdf, 77.89 KB)

Research on Research (RoR) projects contributing to the Adding Value in Research agenda (pdf, 265.23 KB)

References

* ‘Avoidable waste in the production and reporting of research evidence’, The Lancet, Volume 374, Issue 9683, Pages 86 - 89, 4 July 2009, doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(09)60329-9Link open in a new window

 

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