Designing an embedded research initiative

Embedded research initiatives – where health services researchers are physically located within health service organisations – can come in a variety of shapes and forms. Although they often change and grow over time, there are many things which can be planned and designed at the outset. This illustration shows 10 key areas in which an embedded research initiative can be planned and cultivated. These areas, or themes, were developed from a review of the embedded research literature, information from embedded research initiatives in the UK and interviews with people involved in them.

Scroll over the image for a description of each theme and click through for further details.