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Further Support

Where to go for further guidance


All-Wales Intensive learning academy for innovation in health and social care at Swansea University

This academy seeks to support all levels of innovation through case-based learning and practice approaches. A range of flexible courses are available.


Centre for Ageing and Dementia Research (CADR)

This centre supports research on ageing and dementia: 

Children’s Social Care Research and Development Centre (CASCADE)

This centre supports research on all aspects of social care for children and young people.

Developing Evidence Enriched Practice (DEEP)

DEEP promotes the use of all types of evidence to enhance social care practice. Resources to support the use of evidence in practice are regularly added to the website.


This is a network for care homes and researchers who are interested in conducting research in care homes’

Health and Care Economics Cymru (HCEC)

HCEC can provide support if you want to undertake an economic analysis as part of a funded project:


Health and Care Research Wales (HCRW) support and delivery centre

The support and delivery centre can provide advice on applying for research ethics approval. A range of research-related training courses are provided and their support and guidance for researchers is designed to guide researchers through the research process.

Research capacity building programme

This programme can help you develop a research career, develop a proposal to undertake a funded piece of research or help you become a research leader. 


Research, Innovation, and Improvement Coordination Hubs (RIICHs)

The aim of these hubs is to coordinate research, innovation, and improvement activity across Wales. They are part of the Welsh Government commitment to establishing a nationally coordinated network to inform new integrated models of health and care. Hubs are located across Wales:


#Social Care Innovation Hub (#SCIL)

#SCIL is a way to bring together people with different perspectives to generate, prioritise and plan research ideas.


Social Care Wales

Social Care Wales supports the social care workforce. A range of resources and guidance can be found on their website.


The HCRW engagement team

The Engagement Team at Health and Care Research Wales can provide advice and support if you want to involve citizens and service users in your evaluation/ research. 


Value-based health and care academy at Swansea University

This intensive learning academy supports leaders to adopt value-based care approaches within their organisation. A range of flexible courses are available. 



Applying for research funding

Research Design and Conduct Service (RDCS)

The Research Design and Conduct Service is funded by Welsh Government to support staff working in social care and the NHS to develop research projects for public benefit and to improve the health and wellbeing of the people of Wales. They can assist with preparing grant applications to research funders. The service is pan-Wales covering:

North and Mid Wales: https://nworth-ctu.bangor.ac.uk/rdcs/index.php.en

South East Wales: https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/centre-for-trials-research

South West Wales: https://swanseatrialsunit.org/rdcs#.YR5rZufTVPY


If you work in North Wales, the Community of Scholars may also provide access to tips, resources, information, and networking opportunities with individuals who have similar interests in research and evaluation: https://www.communityofscholars.org.uk