Research education / videos

At the MNCLHD we recognise that our people are our strongest asset and need to be able to access training resources at a time that suits them. We have put together a document listing resources for staff as an introduction to the design and application of research and research methods. Alternatively, click on the headings below for links and descriptions to resources.

Please notify MNC Research and Knowledge Translation  if any links are broken or to provide feedback on these or other sites.

Research partnership tools for policy, program and health service deliverers.

eBook / Guides / Tools

Policy makers and practitioners frequently seek evidence to inform their work. The right evidence can be hard to locate and sometimes is not available. In such circumstances, partnering with researchers to generate evidence around key policy or practice questions can be beneficial.

This resource has been created to assist policy makers and practitioners in the sometimes challenging process of initiating and sustaining a successful evidence generation partnership. Here we provide guidance related to the steps required to: determine what kind of evidence is needed and whether or not it is already available (Section 1); consider which researchers to partner with (if more evidence is needed) and how to set a new partnership up for success (Section 2); and put in place strategies to increase the likelihood of the collaboration continuing to function well throughout all stages (Section 3).

OHMR – Data tools and resources

eBook / Guides / Tools

This page provides an overview, links and information on available datasets for the following key NSW data tools and resources:

  • Australian Institute of Health and Welfare hospital data (open access)
  • Bureau of Crime Statistics (open access)
  • Bureau of Statistics (open access)
  • Cancer Statistics NSW (open access)
  • Healthcare Observer (open access)
  • HealthStats NSW (open access)
  • Mental Health Commission of NSW (open access)
  • Analytics Assist (restricted to NSW Health employees)
  • other NSW Health reports (open access).

MHPOD: Ethics in Healthcare Research – MyHealthLearning 

Video(s) – 20 minutes

This module provides an overview about ethical principles in health research and the concept of informed consent in particular for people with mental illness.

Some of the risks and how to manage these are also discussed. It also discusses the role and work of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and the Human Research Ethics Committees (HRECs).

Join Dr. Steve Kamper (George Institute) as he takes you through defining what evidence based practice is.

Focus groups

eBook / Guides / Tools – 9 page guide

Information on organising, leading and reporting on focus groups. Also includes information on selecting a facilitator and conducting focus groups online.

OHMR Designing your research study

Mix of videos and guides. 

Videos and resources on:

  • program logic
  • project evaluation
  • translational research
  • increasing the scale of population health interventions
  • research engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Learning Path: Research – MyHealthLearning (log into MyHealthLearning)

Slides and quizzes 30 minutes each module and 10 minute quiz – 1hr 10 min in total

The aim of this Learning Path is to provide an introduction to the research process through an e-learning program. 

Two modules and a quiz:

  1. Research – An introduction for beginners: introduction to the language of research, its importance, characteristics, types of research you can undertake and the steps required.
  2. Planning the research process – this module takes you through the research process step by step in preparation for developing a research proposal.

Ingham Institute

The Ingham Institute have developed a number of short videos:

  • 7 tips for good survey questions – YouTube video 4min
  • a survey in 10 steps – YouTube video 4min
  • designing and using questionnaires workbook
  • how do I fit research in my clinical work? – 5min
  • how to Create a Likert Scale/Questionnaire in Word – YouTube video 4min
  • methods of collecting survey data – YouTube video 4min
  • successful engagement with diverse communities – 3min
  • the importance of involving diverse populations in research – 3min
  • the clinician research journey – 6min
  • top tips for conducting a survey – 3min
  • why the research question is so important – 4min
  • why you might want to enrol in a degree – 3min.

MHPOD: Evidence Based Practice – MyHealthLearning (log into MyHealthLearning)

Video(s) – 20 minutes

This module provides an overview about what evidence-based practice involves and the definitions of evidence-based practice. It demonstrates how to organise the available research evidence, critically evaluating this for practice and a process and clinical guidelines to follow.

On completion of this module, participants will be able to:

  • describe what ‘evidence-based practice’ refers to
  • describe why an evidence-based approach to practice is important and some of the limitations of an evidence-based approach in mental health.

Evidence Based Practice

Join Dr. Steve Kamper (George Institute) as he takes you through defining what evidence based practice is, how to find the evidence and how to interpret the evidence once found.

CASP – Critical Appraisal Skills Programme: Checklists

eBook / Guides / Tools

This set of eight critical appraisal tools are designed to be used when reading research, these include tools for Systematic Reviews, Randomised Controlled Trials, Cohort Studies, Case Control Studies, Economic Evaluations, Diagnostic Studies, Qualitative studies and Clinical Prediction Rule.

Introduction to Critical Appraisal of Evidence for Policy – NSW Health

Video – 11 minutes

Abridged version of a workshop conducted by NSW Health introducing key concepts of critical appraisal.

A number of resources are available from the NSW Health Population health research and evaluation unit:

  • research and evaluation guides and presentations
  • study design
  • economic evaluation
  • program logic
  • scalability
  • critical appraisal
  • research prioritisation
  • research impact assessment
  • implementation science
  • engagement with Aboriginal communities in research
  • training programs.

To access this information visit NSW Health.

Developing and Using Program Logic: A Guide – Centre for Epidemiology and Evidence NSW Health

eBook / Guides / Tools

This guide has been developed to support NSW ​Health staff in the development of program logic and its use in informing population health program planning, implementation and evaluation.

This guide promotes a planned and structured approach to developing program logic and includes information on:

  • how program logic can be used, with a particular focus on planning an evaluation
  • the meaning and purpose of program logic
  • when and how to develop program logic.

Exploring Program Logic – NSW Health

Video(s) 5 minutes

This animation provides an introduction to program logic. It explains what program logic is, defines the components of a program logic model and what they represent, provides a brief overview of how to develop a program logic model, and explains how program logic can be used when developing and evaluating health programs.

The Research Ethics and Governance Information System (REGIS) is a portal to help manage ethics and site governance approvals of human research projects in NSW and ACT public health organisations (PHOs) and local health districts (LHDs).

In order to be able to use REGIS, you will need to register for access to the system.

Quick Reference Guides (QRGs) are available to assist users in navigating REGIS.

In addition to the QRGs, a number of videos have been developed to guide applicants through each major step of REGIS. These videos are based on the QRGs and are available as listed below:

In addition to these videos, view:

Smart survey design

eBook / Guides / Tools – 35 page guide

This guide provides information on writing successful and effective survey questions, creating survey flow and layout, calculating response rates, tips for increasing response rates, and the pros and cons of online surveys. (Plus an appendix of links and works cited for additional help in survey design.)

2017 MNCLHD Innovation and Research Symposium Presentation – Health Innovation and research – why do we need it?

Video(s) 20 min

Professor Smith is acknowledged as a leading international researcher and thought leader in the development of interactive digital technologies that can be applied to health. This presentation describes the use of technology in innovation and health.

OHMR Resources

  • Implementation science.
  • Economic evaluation.
  • Implementing a model of care.
  • Implementing clinical guidelines.

Understanding research evidence

Understanding and interpreting research evidence is an important part of practicing evidence-informed public health. You need to understand some basic concepts. This series of short videos explains some important terms that you are likely to encounter when looking at research evidence.

EQUATOR network – Enhancing the Quality and Transparency of health research

eBook / Guides / Tools

The EQUATOR Network is an international initiative that seeks to improve the reliability and value of published health research literature by promoting transparent and accurate reporting and wider use of robust reporting guidelines.

Reporting guidelines for main study types e.g. randomised trials, observational studies, systematic reviews, case reports, qualitative research etc.

Contains toolkits for:

  • how to develop a reporting guideline
  • peer reviewing research
  • selecting the appropriate reporting guideline
  • using guidelines in your journal
  • writing research.
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