Circling your Research Design project

Within the ‘Circling your Research Design’ project, we are exploring a new approach to the development of research proposals. The central element of this approach is the ‘Circling your Research’ methodology, which helps participants to develop a solid plan for their research, based on eight distinct perspectives. One characteristic feature of this method of working is that all relevant participants contribute equally to the selection of the case study. We will be testing the new ‘Circling your Research Design’ approach within four newly formed alliances. These alliances have been awarded funding by the ZonMw Long-Term Care Commission to write a research proposal and the associated grant application. We will be supporting them in this undertaking, as well as examining which impact our approach has on the proposal under development and the newly formed alliance in question.

Objective

Within this study, we will be pursuing four key goals:

Knowledge goal

The research is intended to increase our knowledge of the contribution made by the ‘Circling your Research’ approach to the development of alliances for the submission and implementation of research proposals within ZonMw’s Long-Term Care and Support (LZO) Programme. In this context, we will be focussing on three levels of collaboration:

  • Substance
  • Process
  • Relationships

Change goal

The overarching research is intended to help realise change in various areas:

  • Within the ‘Circling your Research’ pilot programme, the research will contribute to the development of a long-term partnership between the various participants in the proposed project;
  • Within the Long-Term Care and Support Commission, the research will contribute to an approach to the initiation and funding of projects in which:
    • An exploratory diagnosis is made together with the parties involved;
    • Participants examine the existing knowledge;
    • The knowledge requirement is formulated in consultation with the direct actors;
    • Participants work together with the parties involved on the development of a suitable research design that involves co-creation;
    • Activities yield scientific, action-oriented knowledge that can be transferred to third parties;
    • The performed research has a long-term impact – not only after the research has been completed, but also before and during the study itself;
    • The project contributes to the development of a research-oriented culture in the long-term care sector;
    • The project contributes within ZonMw to thinking about effective research designs and ways to stimulate the development of constructive partnerships in the context of research proposals.

Professionalisation goal

The research is intended to help a number of different target groups increase and strengthen their knowledge and skills:

  • Help the members of the newly established alliances to set up these partnerships and develop suitable research designs;
  • Help ZonMw’s staff members and commission members to effectively support the formation of consortia and the development of suitable research designs, as well as assess more effectively to which extent a research proposal is suitable.

Design goal

The research is intended to yield the design the following products:

  • A process consisting of four workshops alternated by individual activities, in which potential consortium members will be working together on the joint development of a research design;
  • Resources that can be used during this process to ‘circle the research’
  • Guidelines that can be used by researchers, commission members and ZonMw staff members to develop a suitable research design for practice-based research. These guidelines will subsequently be published as open access information.

Results

The project will yield the following end products (which will be published as open access information):

• A number of fully realised workshops alternated by individual activities, in which potential consortium members will be working together on the joint development of a research design;

• Resources that can be used during this process to ‘circle the research’;

• Guidelines that can be used by researchers, commission members and ZonMw staff members to develop a suitable research design for practice-based research. These guidelines will constitute an updated version of (Andriessen & Ganzevles, 2019);

• A final report that presents the results of the conducted interviews, after a term of 18 months.

Duration

18 January 2021 - 31 December 2023

Approach

We will be testing our ‘Circling your Research’ approach to the development of a research design (Andriessen & Ganzevles, n.d.) within four newly developed alliances. In each alliance, we will support and facilitate a series of meetings during which the consortium partners discuss the various perspectives and jointly decide on the concrete design of their research. At the same time, we will be evaluating the various steps that we take and possible interventions that we make in this context.

HU researchers involved in the research

  • Marlies Welbie | Researcher | Methodology of Practice-Based Research
    Marlies Welbie
    • Researcher
    • Research groups: Methodology of Practice-Based Research
  • Daan Andriessen | Professor | Methodology of Practice-Based Research
    Daan Andriessen
    • Professor
    • Research groups: Methodology of Practice-Based Research
  • Martine Ganzevles Researcher | Methodology of Practice-Based Research / Participation, Care and Support
    Martine Ganzevles
    • Researcher
    • Research groups: Methodology of Practice-Based Research

Collaboration with knowledge partners

In collaboration with ZonMw