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About the Award

The Research in the Workplace Award (RIWA) is a biennial grant that seeks to fund small library and information professional-led workplace research projects.  It aims to contribute to a research culture within the library and information community, and assist in developing our evidence base. 


Projects can relate to any aspect of service provision, development or theory, and should be achievable within a twelve month period. The award can be used to fund equipment, consumables, buy-out time, purchase technical support etc. 


How to apply?


Details of future awards will be posted on this site as they become available.


Maria J Grant

Chair of the Research in the Workplace Award

c/o Salford Centre for Nursing, Midwifery and Collaborative Research

University of Salford, Allerton Building, Salford, M6 6PU

Tel: 0161 295 6423  Fax: 0161 295 2241 Email:  


Useful Resources


Whilst the application form outlines the basic structure required when applying for RIWA funds, you may also find it helpful to look at one or more of the following sources.


Examples of Good Practice


The four previous winners of the Research in the Workplace Award have kindly agreed to make their applications available as examples of good practice.  They are:


2010/2011: Call for applications to be made shortly.


2008/2009: No award made


2006/2007: A randomized controlled trial to determine the impact of providing a virtual reference service (Access Specialist Knowledge – ASK) to the local Primary Care and Mental Health Trusts.  (Rachel Southon and Vicki Veness, Royal Surrey County Hospitals NHS Trust and John Loy, Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust) *** Project Withdrawn ***


2003/2004: A multi-centre randomised trial comparing the effect of self-directed online learning using a web-based resource, with a classroom based interactive workshop, on the knowledge and search skills of health professionals. (Nicola Bexon, NeLH Screening Specialist Library and Lena Nordheim, Norwegian Centre for Health Services.)


2001/2002: A cross boundary managed information network to match the needs of a managed clinical network for cancer.  (Annette Thain, NHS Education for Scotland.)


1999/2000: A delphi study to determine research priorities and the corresponding evidence based in North Glasgow hospitals.  (Michelle Kirkwood, North Glasgow University Hospitals NHS Trust.)




The following books and journal articles provide general advice on how to develop a research proposal and manage the project once you receive funding. 


NB: These resources are not available from the RIWA Chair.  If you are interested in referring to any of these resources please request a copy from your local library and information service.


Booth, A. & Brice, A. (2004) Evidence Based Practice: a Handbook for Information Professionals, London: Facet Publishing.

Presents a thorough introduction to the concept of evidence based library and information practice.  It is divided into three parts: The Context for Evidence-based Information Practice; Skills and Resources for Evidence-based Information Practice; and Using the Evidence Base in Practice.


Eldredge, J.D. (2004) Inventory of research methods for librarianship and informatics, Journal of the Medical Library Association, 92 (1):83-90.

Presents a definition and description of different research designs including, in some instances, a resource guide on using the specific methods, and a reference to an example of the methodology being used in practice.


Gorman, G. E. & Clayton, P.  (1997)  Qualitative research for the information professional: a practical handbook, London: Library Association Publishing.

“Unashamedly in the ‘how-to-do-it’ mould” this book has been purposefully written with library and information professionals in mind.  It uses information specific research scenarios to illustrate the application of data collection techniques (observation, interviewing, group discussion and historical study), and provides advise on data analysis and writing for publication.  Consideration is also given to ethical issues such as obtaining consent and assuring confidentiality.   


Moore, N. (2000) How to do Research: the Complete Guide to Designing and Managing Research Projects, London: Library Association Publishing.  3rd edition.

Presented in two sections.  The first section covers the research process e.g. developing objectives, designing the study, writing the proposal, managing the project etc., whilst section two considers types of research method e.g. qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis and desk based research.


Vaughan, L.  (2001)  Statistical Methods for the Information Professional: a Practical, Painless Approach to Understanding, Using, and Interpreting Statistics, New Jersey: American Society for Information Science and Technology.

With an emphasis on the practical application of statistics rather than technical detail, this book introduces basic principles of using statistics including formulating a hypothesis, analysing data (using computer software), interpreting output and reaching conclusions.  It uses information science research scenarios to demonstrate the complete process of each statistical test covered, which include: descriptive statistics, t-tests, chi-square tests, analysis of variance (ANOVA), correlation, regression and basic non-parametric tests.  Aims to cater for the complete novice, as well as for those wishing to refresh their knowledge.


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