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SPH Research Support Survey

The Research Mentoring Sub-Committee of the Research & Research Training Committee conducted a brief survey of SPH Academic Staff (Levels A, B & C) to assess the types of support that is needed to increase research (publication) productivity.

A web survey was developed using SurveyMonkey online questionnaire service. Staff were sent their own unique link to the survey which they could only complete once. The first email was sent to staff on 30 March 2011. A follow up email was sent to non-responders on 5 April 2011, and again on 7 April 2011. The data collection was closed 5pm 7 April 2011.

There were 63 academic staff members of SPH that were identified as being level A, B or C. A total of 47 (75%) staff responded.

Table 1. Staff response rates by academic level sourced from administrative records

Academic Level

Requested

Responded

%Response

A

18

13

72%

B

25

20

80%

C

20

14

70%

Total

63

47

75%

Table 2. Staff response rates by position type sourced from administrative records

Type

Requested

Responded

%Response

Research only

40

29

73%

Research & teaching

23

18

78%

Table 3. How helpful would you find each of the following in assisting you to publish more peer-reviewed papers?

Support

How helpful would be (1=Not at all .. 7=Extremely helpful)

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

Mean

SD

Support with quantitative data analysis

5

2

8

2

4

17

9

4.8

2.0

Support with qualitative data analysis

5

5

11

3

11

8

4

4.1

1.8

Workshop on quantitative study writing skills

3

6

17

2

9

7

3

3.9

1.7

Workshop on qualitative study writing skills

7

7

10

6

6

9

2

3.7

1.8

Workshop on time management strategies for busy academics

9

5

6

4

11

6

6

4.0

2.1

Technical support for paper production

0

1

4

10

5

18

9

5.3

1.4

Opportunity to collaborate on research

0

1

3

3

6

14

20

5.9

1.3

Peer group advice/support/critiquing of manuscripts

0

0

3

2

16

11

14

5.7

1.2

Table 4. Ranking 1 to 3 the most important support types.


Support

Ranking

1

2

3

Total

Points*

Support with quantitative data analysis

11

8

5

24

65

Support with qualitative data analysis

0

6

1

7

13

Workshop on quantitative study writing skills

4

1

4

9

22

Workshop on qualitative study writing skills

2

2

3

7

15

Workshop on time management strategies for busy academics

2

3

6

11

20

Technical support for paper production

5

6

11

22

43

Opportunity to collaborate on research

18

9

9

36

99

Peer group advice/support/critiquing of manuscripts

5

12

7

24

51

* Points assigned as Rank 1 = 4pts, Rank 2 = 2pts, Rank 3 = 1pt.