guidance
Using a network of specialist advisers based at the partner institutions, RDS WM is able to advise on all aspects of designing a research study.  Additionally, the service can help identify suitable sources of funding for projects and foster collaborative links with established research groups in the West Midlands.
 
Our service can provide guidance on how to translate clinical observations into well-focused research questions.  Many of the clinical questions that have been presented to RDS WM require some preliminary work to determine prevalence, develop an intervention or assess its feasibility and acceptability.  Thus a considerable part of our role has been to appraise the presented evidence and rationale and give advice on how the proposed study should be positioned.

Studies using a trial design form a significant proportion of the requests that RDS WM receives.  Statisticians and health economists can provide consultancy and advise on the estimation of sample size, the choice of outcome measures, evaluation of cost-effectiveness and modelling approaches.  

Our expert knowledge of qualitative social science methods also allows support on proposals that seek patient views and experiences.  We have provided expert input into projects that have investigated workforce issues and helped develop studies that will impact on health policy. 

Resource dedicated to Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) has promoted active and meaningful involvement of service users, patients and carers into the design of research studies.