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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Accounting for Research - the Difficulties Posed for User-Centred Research
Author(s): Grant, Gordon
Courtney, Duncan
King, Sarah
Minogue, Virginia
Shields, Graham
Walsh, Michael
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Keywords: service user-centred research
NHS R&D Support Funding
Issue Date: Apr-2006
Date Deposited: 19-Apr-2013
Citation: Grant G, Courtney D, King S, Minogue V, Shields G & Walsh M (2006) Accounting for Research - the Difficulties Posed for User-Centred Research. Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Research and Practice, 3 (1), pp. 5-19.
Abstract: When public money is invested in research it is necessary to have in place accounting systems that demonstrate its value. By this we mean its social as much as its economic value to society. This paper traces the collective experiences of a group of service user, professional and academic researchers about the annual reporting of research activity supported by NHS R&D Support funding. The stance taken is partisan as it represents one that defines the scope of our work within a regional NHS user-centred research programme. We critique the NHS research accounting system in England and the thinking upon which it appears to be based, suggesting that it devalues less traditional forms of research. It is argued that reductionism written into the present accounting system strips it of sensitivity to the values, operational arrangements and timescales involved in a lot of service user-centred research, and marginalises the value of many of its outputs. We set down some challenges for the redesign of the annual reporting system relating to NHS Research and Development (R & D) Support Funding.
DOI Link: 10.5920/mhldrp.2006.315
Rights: The publisher has granted permission for use of this work in this Repository. Published in Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Research and Practice.

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