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Table 1 Perceptions of the checklist

From: Developing a checklist for research proposals to help describe health service interventions in UK research programmes: a mixed methods study

Positive aspects “It gives a good visual cue”
“It gives you the confidence to write a good proposal as it is a good starting point”
“The checklist reinforced the importance of the big picture rather than a selective focus”
“It is a very useful tool and has a good outline and structure”
“The checklist enables you to be more explicit about what to write in research proposals and it clarifies the question”
“The main question summarises the important core to our research proposals”
“It is very applicable to the current proposal currently being worked on, especially as there is lots of patients and workforce information”
“I would certainly read over to match this with the research proposals… and would download it off the website”
“We used it in our meeting to write the full proposal…the team really liked it!”
“The checklist was helpful, particularly in thinking through the many and varied aspects of context”
“Depending on the proposal content, for instance if it was an intervention study, I would access and use it”
“The most useful box was the contextual information, not many of those details would have been added if the box was not there”
Concerns and suggestions for improvement “A weighting might be useful”
“Another box which could be added is data sources, for instance who collected it, is there anything unique and the measurement of the outcomes”
“Maybe it should be used at the initial outline proposal stages?”
“To improve the checklist need to include points on which other groups are likely to be affected by the change in service delivery”
“If the language used was more generic i.e., not focussed towards intervention studies it could be more widely employed”
“The checklist should fit on one page, anything bigger than that would probably put people off from reading it”
“It would take too long to fill out”