Building research capacity

One of the aims of the National Disability Research Partnership is to build disability research capacity. First we clarified what we mean by research capacity, then we asked people what good research capacity would look like, and now we are developing a plan for how we can get there.

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What do we mean by
research
capacity?

What does high research
capacity look like?

What do we need to do to get there?

Part 1: What do we mean by research capacity?

We asked researchers at the University of New South Wales Canberra to help us answer this question. 

Research capacity is individuals, teams, organisations and disciplines having the ability (research expertise, knowledge and skills) to undertake research activities and disseminate research findings, as well as the funding, resources / time, and incentives to undertake and engage in research.

You can read the full paper at the link below.

Part 2: What does high research capacity look like?

The researchers at University of New South Wales then interviewed 43 people to ask what high disability research capacity could look like in Australia and where the gaps are in achieving this. The project interviewed people from universities, Disabled People's Organisations and advocacy organisations, government, and services and came up with key things to change and steps to get there. 

Part 3: What do we need to get there?

We are now working on a plan for how the National Disability Research Partnership can build disability research capacity.

Watch this space for more information. We will share outcomes of this project over the coming months. If you have any questions you can contact Tessa de Vries, NDRP Coordinator on info@ndrp.org.au or 03 8344 2813, or Dr Fiona Buick who is leading the research project on f.buick@adfa.edu.au