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Is Your Project Research?

Research is defined as: ‘..an attempt to derive generalisable new knowledge by addressing clearly defined questions with systematic and rigorous methods’ As R&D approval is required for all research studies it is important to know if your project can be classed as research or not. 

  • Research must be systematic and follow a series of predefined steps defined in a protocol 
  • Research must be well organised and undergo rigorous planning, including performing an in-depth literature review and evaluation of questions to be answered 
  • The scientific definition of research generally states that a variable must be manipulated, although case studies and purely observational science do not always comply with this. 
This table should help you decide if your project is research. Should you be unsure, please do not hesitate to contact the R&D office who will be happy to advise. For projects classed as clinical audit or service evaluation, the clinical effectiveness team can provide specialist support and advice.