Making research findings a reality is challenging and can sometimes feel almost impossible. Estimates suggest only 7% of research is implemented into practice, which can take up to 17 years to happen.1
Research carried out in collaboration with ‘knowledge users’, in this case care providers, can increase the relevance, applicability and impact of research.
Knowledge users can be anyone who will make use of the research findings; including health and social care professionals, policy makers, service managers, defined communities, the media and general public or other researchers.
When research is carried out in collaboration, it is expected to change the dynamic so that the researchers and the care providers are both seen as the experts, making joint decisions about the research. They will collaborate throughout the research process, starting from the identification of research questions to address relevant challenges. The research then generates solutions that can be used in the relevant setting.
Staff within the care providers should be in a position where they feel more ownership of the findings and value the use of the evidence in their day to day work, known as ‘pull translation’.
Efforts have been made to implement research in care homes through initiatives such as the ENRICH programme, however often research proposals are put together and then care homes are recruited to be involved.
What are the ‘Care Collaboration’ grants?
Alzheimer’s Society has recently opened a new ‘Care collaboration’ grant scheme that will support researchers to work in collaboration with care providers. By care providers we mean care homes, home care or any other provider supporting a significant number of people with dementia.
The aim of the grants is to develop and evaluate different models of involving care providers in research, which may then become established models of practice.
How do I apply for the grant?
Please read the call specification  first which is available on the website. The deadline for applications is the 1st March 2019. Funding decisions will be made by the end of May 2019.