Applied social impact assessment to nursing research

Caroline Bradbury-Jones, Julie Taylor

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Abstract

Many nurses need to construct a research proposal at some stage of their career and there are multiple texts that provide guidance on doing so. However, most texts do not provide explicit guidance on the issue of social impact – the effect of research on the social health and wellbeing of individuals, families and communities and on the improved performance of relevant services. This article proposes that social impact should be considered from the beginning of a research project. It outlines a framework for assessing social impact to help strengthen the quality of research proposals and assist nurses constructing the proposal and also those evaluating it, including academic assessors or funding body reviewers. Nursing research should be useful and should have a positive effect on practice. Focusing on social impact can increase the chances of this desirable outcome.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)45-49
Number of pages5
JournalNursing Standard
Volume28
Issue number48
Early online date30 Jul 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 5 Aug 2014

Keywords

  • Nursing research
  • Research methods
  • Research proposal
  • Social impact
  • Writing

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