The overall aim is to establish teams of researchers and social care practitioners (Research in Practice Teams) and evaluate if this model can mobilise research learning and promote the conduct of research that reflects the priorities and challenges of the populations they serve.


  • Establish ‘Research in Practice Teams’ (RiPTs) and collaboratively identify short and long-term success criteria for evaluating their impact
  • Develop, deliver and evaluate the impact of tailored training and peer to peer learning in communities of practice on the development of research skills and capacity in social care
  • Develop and deliver a research project related to the identified topic areas identified by each RiPT lead
  • Evaluate the feasibility of using ‘Research in Practice Teams’ to build sustainable partnerships between university researchers and adult social care services
  • Understand what resources are required to support the development of research capacity in adult social care services using a team-based approach