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November 9, 2020

CIPSRT Releases a Step-By-Step Guide that Explains the Research Process

In the world of Public Safety Personnel, rapid-fire decision-making skills are essential elements of the job.  But when it comes to studying critical health and safety issues impacting first responders, those results often come about at a dramatically slower pace. That disconnect can often be difficult to understand.

To help manage expectations, the Canadian Institute for Public Safety Research and Treatment (CIPSRT) has put together an important “step-by-step guide”.  The aim of this guide is to demystify the academic research process for public safety personnel (PSP).

“The Understanding the Life Cycle of Research guide is designed to help showcase the essential steps of the research process.” said Dr. R. Nicholas Carleton, Scientific Director of CIPSRT. “We hope helping to describe the research process details can also help our diverse stakeholders be more informed when engaging with researchers and research projects”

In a step-by-step manner, “Understanding the Life Cycle of Research” clearly outlines the defining the research question, choosing a method, sourcing funding and ethical approval. It succinctly outlines, with an accompanying chart, how research is conducted and how the results are analyzed and then distributed. Researchers play a critical role as a knowledge resource for their communities. Good research can help a community build capacity and enhance the quality of life for its citizens.

Understanding the Life Cycle of Research may be found here.

The guide is expected to benefit all PSP, especially senior leadership, in managing expectations and understanding what happens when frontline workers are called upon to participate in a proposed research topic.  Understanding the rigorous nature of research will result in better overall awareness, and ultimately, a better experience for everyone involved.

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As part of the National Research Consortium, CIPSRT serves as the Knowledge Exchange Hub for knowledge synthesis, translation, and exchange that relies upon the best contemporary research evidence supporting an overall mission to help current and former public safety personnel, their leaders, and their families to maintain and improve their mental health and well-being. CIPSRT is a research institute located at the University of Regina.

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