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UKCRC Health Research Classification System

Analysis 2018 – Qualitative submissions

Proposal for a narrative/qualitative submission

As we’re approaching a much larger range of funders for this new report, many of whom do not fund research in the traditional sense, we find that many do not have information that can be easily quantified or incorporated into our analysis. While our primary aim is to produce a quantitative analysis of health research funding, and we are seeking this submission type where possible, we equally would like to acknowledge this broader contribution by other funding organisations. Therefore we are now offering the option of an alternative, narrative / qualitative submission. The aim of this is to still capture how the organisation fits into the wider research environment, even if this contribution and/or its relevancy to health is un-quantifiable.

Essentially we’re seeking a few short paragraphs using the rough structure below:

  • Who you are / what you do – a one or two sentence introduction to your organisation and its main aims/purpose.
  • How the organisation funds/conducts research – this is essentially some background explaining how and why you fund/conduct research e.g.  if there are dedicated budgets, on an ‘as needed’ basis, in house / commissioned externally.
  • Comment on how this relates to health – this can be case studies but it would be good to get a feel your organisations broader contribution to the health research environment, such as key topics that your organisation needs further insight on.
  • Facts and Figures – If there are any figures or approximations you can make (ideally on your research in general, but focus on the health-relevant aspects is better), that would be fantastic… but we appreciate this may be difficult. Even a simple total research budget or count of research projects may help put your work in some context. Note this would still need to be relevant to the timescale for the report, i.e. funded or active in calendar year 2018.
  • Data notes – if you are submitting data for the analysis, can can include any notes on methodology or caveats you wish made clear (see ‘approach to coding’ information below).

As this is a new proposal for the 2018 report, we don’t have previous examples of a qualitative submission per se. However if you look at our previous report from 2014 you’ll find the ‘approach to coding’ explanatory text provided by each participating funder, which may be of some help to you. You’ll find them in Appendix 1, pages 64-71.

Please note that if you are able to provide some quantifiable detail, we could look to include some financial figures in our ‘Indirect Assessment’. This brings together both infrastructure/supportive funding with further unclassified research expenditure from all participating funders. You’ll find this section on page 21 of the 2014 report, with raw aggregate data on page 75. This is not mandatory, you can provide an entirely qualitative submission if you prefer, but the more detail we can get the better.

This proposal represents the suggested framework for a qualitative submission; the precise content itself is entirely up to you. If you have any further queries, please contact the project management team.