Over the last few months Rob (Young), Jenny (Preston) and I been beavering away working on a new Friendly Guide. What started out as an exciting adventure for Rob and I, with the publication of So You Want to do a Doctorate earlier in the year, is fast developing into a mini series (yes there is another one on the way).

We’ve decided to call the series Friendly Guides because that is what we hope they are. Short accessible resources designed to provide you with helpful information and cheer you on your way presented in an informal accessible style.

This new guide has been prompted by a discussion, earlier in the year, with Jenny about the number of high quality small research projects the outputs from which never make it into the public domain. Our hope is that, if this situation resonates with you, this guide will nudge you into the space of making a commitment to sharing your findings with other people.

To give you a taster of the guide here’s the introduction:

You’ve put the work in, completed your dissertation or small research project, goal achieved, course completed and now what?  A big sigh of relief, a sense of never wanting to see it again or a niggle that you need to do something more with it?

Many health professionals do great small research projects, the results of which deserve to be in the public domain and shared. But somehow it just doesn’t seem to happen. Life moves on, other things take priority or doubts creep in about whether or not it’s ‘good enough’ to share more widely. Will anyone be interested? What are my options? Is there any help out there? What if I’ve done something wrong?

Ok, so realistically any output from a small research project is unlikely to make it into the top 10 academic health journals. However, there are plenty of other options open to you and we are here to encourage you to take the next step.

Indeed, if you have involved other people in your project they probably took part on the assumption that they would be making a difference to people in similar positions to themselves. We’re sure helping you to complete your course was in their thinking somewhere but it wasn’t the only thing. They wanted/expected you to share your findings, to make a contribution to knowledge and perhaps, in some small way, to change practice in whatever field you were studying. This will not happen if you walk away from your project once you have achieved your qualification and do nothing with it or use the insights you obtained to support only your personal practice.

We know taking this step can be a challenge because we have each taken it and supported others in taking it too. Between us, we have a wide range of skills, expertise and perspectives to share with you. We have written everything from posters to papers, blogs to books, international presentations to award-winning feature films.

Our aim is to encourage you to see the value in the work that you have done, to think about the range of options that are open to you in terms of how you can share it with a wider audience and to cajole and champion you in taking that step and putting your work out there in the big wide world. This is why we have written this ‘Friendly Guide’.

Lynne, Rob and Jenny



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