Preparing Tomorrow’s Leaders Today: Investing in Capacity Building for Nursing Health Services Research – Nursing Health Services Research Unit [Canada] – October 2011

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Preparing Tomorrow’s Leaders Today: Investing in Capacity Building for Nursing Health Services Research – Nursing Health Services Research Unit [Canada] – October 2011

Author: Dr. Andrea Baumann

“This report provides an evaluation of the Undergraduate Student Research Internship Program (USRIP) and demonstrates how the program achieves its intended outcomes and how government investment contributes to health research capacity. Document analysis was used, which included financial records, publications and a review of annual reports dating back to the inception of the Nursing Health Services Research Unit. In addition, the McMaster University Research Internship Program Survey was sent to former student research interns. Quantitative and qualitative analysis of survey responses was conducted. Information obtained from all sources was plotted on a logic framework (Cooke, 2005; Cooke & Sarre, 2009).

Findings indicated that the USRIP:

• Develops research skills and confidence

• Contributes to sustainability of learned skills

• Supports evidence-based practice

• Influences career decisions

Based on the survey responses, the USRIP is a valuable and cost-effective approach to building research capacity. The investment made by the Ontario government, along with funds from other sources and organizations, has produced significant outcomes that support capacity building and innovation in research.”

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