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A 15-step model for writing a research proposal.

Hollins Martin, Caroline J; Fleming, Valerie


Valerie Fleming


On occasion midwives may be required to construct a research proposal. In the current climate of evidence-based practice. Such activity is considered an elemental skill for career progression in both education and service. Examples of where writing a research proposal may be required include: writing an assessment for under and post graduate research modules or designing a dissertation, MPhil, Prof Doc or PhD. Within clinical practice there are also audit and evaluation of practice responsibilities. With these factors at the forefront, this article provides a template specifically designed to direct midwives through the procedures of constructing a research proposal. The purpose of a research proposal is to produce a template of common understanding from which tasks are allocated, divided and discussed by researchers, clinical staff and in some cases participants. The finished product is then used to communicate intent to the ethics committees and grant funding bodies before authorization and money are awarded.


Hollins Martin, C. J., & Fleming, V. (2011). A 15-step model for writing a research proposal. British Journal of Midwifery, 18, 791-798

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Feb 4, 2011
Deposit Date Aug 19, 2015
Publicly Available Date Aug 19, 2015
Print ISSN 0969-4900
Electronic ISSN 2052-4307
Publisher Mark Allen Healthcare
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 18
Pages 791-798
Keywords Research; midwifery;
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