Projects & Ripples
Project capacity development
At all phases of TLRP funding, it was a criterion for project selection that capacity building was addressed, and this work was supported, monitored and reported on each year. Particular attention was paid to the skill and career development of contract research staff. Individual projects report on achievements in this and links were established with the ESRC Researcher Development Initiative. This emphasis on development through the activity of project research was particularly strong in the second phase of TLRP’s capacity building work. Borrowing from experience in Scotland’s AERS, this emphasis was deemed to reflect a ‘social practices’ model of capacity building.
Mapping the Ripples
This study of the experience and impact of TLRP’s project based capacity building activities successfully illuminated tacit research processes and their consequences for career and skill development among researchers. As such, it was an important contribution to the evaluation of the ‘social practices’ model of capacity building – particularly for its theorisation of expansive and restrictive work contexts. The full report is available at: http://www.tlrp.org/mappingtheripples/