Welsh Government

Research Route Map

The Research Route Map is designed to help guide health and social care researchers through the research process.

It aims to give researchers and research teams easy, user friendly guidance on every aspect of the research process. It makes clear the support available from Health and Care Research Wales and others, providing guidance, best practice examples and key documents and templates.

You do not have to follow the entire route map, if you are looking for specific information simply click on the section you need. 

Please note, this is just a guide and may not include every step required to complete your research.

Develop a research idea

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Develop a research idea

Review the literature

Develop a research question and methods

Involving the public in your research

Identify partners and collaborators

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Identify partners and collaborators

Identify partners and collaborators

Develop a protocol

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Develop a protocol

Protocol development

Assess the feasibility of a study

Identify a research sponsor

Obtain peer review

Finances and funding

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Finances and funding

Identify study costs

Submit grant applications for research funding

Make arrangements for NHS Support Costs and NHS Excess Treatment costs

General Practice funding scheme

Set up a research study

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Set up a research study

Conducting your research to required standard - Good Clinical Practice

Policies, standards and legislation

Select sites for the study

Identify research staff to run the study

Essential documents for running the study

Research agreements and contracts

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Research agreements and contracts

The clinical research agreement

Access model agreements

Obtaining approval to run the study in the UK

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Obtaining approval to run the study in the UK

Obtaining approval

Ethical review

MHRA

What is the Research Directory or Portfolio?

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What is the Research Directory or Portfolio?

Do I need to register the study?

What is the Health and Care Research Wales Portfolio?

Managing a research study

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Managing a research study

Set up a study management or steering group

Report study progress

Ensure the study runs to time and target

Participant recruitment

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Participant recruitment

Identify and recruit participants

Changes to a study and study closure

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Changes to a study and study closure

Make amendments or changes to the study

Close the study and follow up

Analysis of data

Archiving

Impact and sharing findings

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Impact and sharing findings

Impact

Sharing Findings

Key

Involving the public

Training available

NHS R&D support

Other Health and Care Research Wales support