Interested in research but not sure where to start? Or looking for some guidance to help you progress your research?

Browse our curated list of resources below.

Research Skills Webinars

TAAHC regularly runs research skills session on key tools in the research process. Check out the webinars below and don't forgot to head to our events calendar to see upcoming training opportunities offered by TAAHC and our Members.

Questionnaire Design Download presentation slides for this session HERE

Project Management for Research Download presentation slides for this session HERE

How to read and interpret a systematic review

Planning a research project

Type of resource What is the resource about? Where do I find it?
Here is the link to a Research Education Workshop conducted by Murtupuni Centre for Rural and Remote Health on PICO – Good answers start with good questions

When you have decided on your research question and study design it is time to write a protocol. You will need this for Ethics. The EQUATOR NETWORK is a fabulous resource that is a repository for study protocol and publishing checklists.
Our colleagues again from the Murtupuni Centre for Rural and Remote Health have made education videos on study designs that mostly collect quantitative data in 2 parts.

Part 1

Part 2
And here is the Murtupuni for Rural and Remote Health talking about study designs for projects that mostly collect qualitative data
Listen to Alice Cairns from the Murtupuni for Rural and Remote Health talk about the importance of conducting service evaluations and determining what outcomes are important. As Alice says, it just might make a difference between your service being axed or not!
This is a website from the Knowledge Synthesis team in Canada. It guides you on how to determine what type of review might be best suited to your research question.

Getting going on research

Type of resource What is the resource about Where do I find it?
This is an excellent Cochrane Systematic Review from 2018 that reports the best ways to recruit for randomised controlled trials

This is a short video from Cochrane to show you how to apply a highly sensitive search strategy to find randomised control trials in Medline.

This video will take 8 minutes and 30 seconds to watch.
Here is the link to a Research Education Workshop conducted by Murtupuni Centre for Rural and Remote Health on Literature Searching.

Doing the research

Type of resource What is the resource about? Where do I find it?
This is an excellent online resource for qualitative analysis. It is a link to the book “Successful Qualitative Research, A practical guide for beginners” by Braun and Clarke. The book is full of helpful guidance on conducting thematic analysis. You can rent or buy the book

Here is a great link to some Cochrane Risk of Bias tools to help you complete for a systematic review

For those of you doing a systematic review, this video is a brief introduction (12 minutes) to the GRADE methods of rating the quality of the research evidence from the Master Gordon Guyatt.
For those of you doing a review (systematic or scoping), here is a website that has free automation tools to help with searching, deduplicating publications from multiple sources, screening articles for your review and even to help with dispute resolution between 2 independent reviewers!
Datacamp is on online learning platform that offers courses, tracks and certifications in data science, statistics and programming. Many of its courses can be take for free and its introductory R courses are a great tool for those looking to learn the R language

Completing the research

Type of resource What is the resource about? Where do I find it?
You have submitted your manuscript and now have reviewer comments. How do you address them? Here is a short, interesting blog from Paul Glasziou about how he thinks about responding to reviewers
Here is the link to a Research Education Workshop conducted by Murtupuni Centre for Rural and Remote Health on Abstract Writing and Presentation by Santosh Jatrana.
If writing is hard for you, try out this tool to find new ways of writing some key sentences in your paper.
If you need to write a manuscript but aren't sure where to start, check out this step-by-step guide to writing a scientific article

Getting research into practice

Resources for Evidence-Based Practice

Type of resource What is the resource about? Where do I find it?
A colleague from Canada, James McCormack does some incredible ‘songs’ to illustrate EBP principles and research practices. Here is his parody about why you should look carefully at clinical practice guidelines. This is a song designed to get you thinking about the problem with strictly following cardiovascular guidelines/target shooting and NOT using evidence to help you and your patient make decisions.

Critical Appraisal tools for Journal Clubs and Systematic Review Risk of Bias requirements

Study design Risk of Bias Assessment Tool
Randomised trials

Cochrane RoB 2

SIGN checklist for randomised controlled trials
Non randomised studies of interventions

ROBINS -I tool

SIGN checklist for cohort studies and case-control studies

Prognostic studies

  • Prognostic factor studies
  • Prognostic model studies
  • Prediction modellling studies

QUIPS tool


CHARMS Checklist
Diagnostic studies


SIGN checklist for diagnostic studies
Prevalence studies

Tool by Hoy et al
Mixed methods studies


Measurement studies


Qualitative studies

CASP Qualitative Checklist

Systematic reviews



Respositories for Critical Appraisal Tools

Critical Appraisal Skills Programme (CASP)

These are the most widely used critical appraisal tools by clinicians. The CASP tools cover most study designs and have pdf forms, print and fill forms, and the trusty word documents. This website has a “how to use” guide!

JBI Critical Appraisal Tools

Similarly, The Johanna Briggs Institute (JBI) has a series of critical appraisal tools for clinicians/researchers. What I really like about these ones are the detailed explanations at the end of the actual tool.

Interpreting research to improve clinical practice

Type of resource What is the resource about? Where do I find it?
Here is the link to a great series of papers published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) that teach you how to read and interpret different kinds of research articles.
Here are a series of short videos from The Winton Centre describing odds ratio, relative and absolute risk, hazard ratios, why researchers adjust for confounding factors, and correlation vs causation. They are really short and really engaging!

A guide to odds ratio

Relative vs absolute risks

A guide to hazard ratios

Why researchers adjust for confounding factors

Correlation vs causation

What is the difference between statistically significant results and clinically significant results. Checkout this read from Students for Best Evidence.

Research Translation Resources

Type of resource What is the resource about? Where do I find it?
This is a 15 minute explanation of the Behaviour Change Wheel from one of the developers Robert West
If you are thinking about running a journal club, you MUST check out Rachel Wenke’s website “TREAT Journal Clubs”. Lots of really important tips here to help them run smoothly AND be relevant! 
An interesting read. Of how some researchers developed a conceptual framework to determine the ‘implementability’ of healthcare interventions.
Do implementing and de-implementing interventions use different behaviour change techniques? Check out this article from 2021.
This is a great website to help plan a translation project, identify and select a theory, model or framework to guide your project, and work through some of the crucial processes to help your translation project succeed.

Community engagement and co-design resources

Engagement and co-design with community is an increasingly important aspect of research and spans the entire lifecycle of research, from planning, getting started, doing, dissemination and translation. Here are some resources to help you across your research project lifecyle.

Type of resource What is the resource about Where do I find it?
Great explainer from Metro North Hospital and Health Service on co-design
Some existing tool kit for community engagement

International Association for Public Participation (IAP2)

NHMRC website

Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI) NSW Health toolkit

WA Council of Social Service

Consumers Health Forum of Australia

Western Australian Health Translation Network
Some other useful resources that examine how to engage with consumers and communities

NHS (UK) National Standards for Public Involvement in Research

Healthcare Consumers Queensland

Queensland Health, First Nations Equity

Queensland Government Multicultural Policy

Consumers Health Forum of Australia Website

Health Consumers Queensland Remuneration and Reimbursement

Some interesting reads on how to approach and think about consumer and community engagement

The mind sets required for meaningful engagement

NHS (UK) what makes good public involvement in research?

Public Health Research & Practice (June 2022) Series of papers describing co-production, co-creation and co-design

Greenhalgh T, Hinton L, Finlay T, Macfarlane A, Fahy N, Clyde B, Chant A. Frameworks for supporting patient and public involvement in research: Systematic review and co-design pilot. Health Expectations, 2019;22785-801

Cockbill SA, May A, Mitchell V. The assessment of meaningful outcomes from co-design: a case study from the energy sector. J Design, economics, and Innovation, 2019;188-208