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Table 3 Mean score and standard deviation for each statement in domain

From: Support mechanisms for research generation and application for postgraduate students in four universities in Uganda

Domain 1: Research question development at departmental and individual effort level, N = 139 (SD)
 My unit or department or faculty: Mean (SD)
  (a) Develops a list of priority questions for further research 2.05 (1.26)
  (b) Organizes research question identification meetings or seminars with research producers 2.35 (1.43)
  (c) Holds regular meetings with health research users 1.96 (1.29)
 During the process of identifying my research question, I: Yes No
  (d) Identified a health-related problem during the course of my work 127 (91.4) 12 (8.6)
  (e) Identified a gap in literature through reading a systematic review 90 (64.8) 49 (35.7)
  (f) Identified a gap in literature through reading a single study article 27 (19.4) 112 (80.6)
  (g) Consulted my colleagues to identify a suitable research question 72 (51.8) 67 (48.2)
  (h) Consulted my research mentor or potential supervisor 100 (71.9) 39 (28.1)
  (i) Identified a question from an existing project where I am affiliated 30 (21.6) 109 (78.4)
  (j) Identified a question from an existing public list of priority questions 36 (25.9) 103 (74.1)
  (k) Identified a question through interaction with decision-makers 24 (17.3) 115 (82.7)
Domain 2: Proposal development. In conducting your research project, which of the following applies to your department or faculty? N = 180 (SD)
 (a) Assigned a supervisor/mentor 3.82 (1.56)
 (b) Accessed university guidelines/resources 3.98 (1.28)
 (c) Accessed my supervisor/mentor easily 4.10 (1.13)
 (d) Accessed alternative online resources 3.12 (1.59)
 (e) Considered the PICO approach in research question development 2.64 (1.58)
Domain 3: Knowledge transfer. In conducting your research project, which of the following applies to your department or faculty? N = 158 (SD)
 (a) There is a process that determines which research results can be transferred to the target audiences 2.67 (1.44)
 (b) Research results are peer-reviewed prior to knowledge dissemination or transfer 3.35 (1.38)
 (c) Knowledge transfer and utilization of research results exist in the general programme of research methodology training 2.92 (1.47)
 (d) I am familiar with the topic of knowledge translation and how to perform it 2.91 (1.39)
 (e) I am familiar with converting research results into actionable messages appropriate to the target audience 3.08 (1.32)
 (f) I am familiar with communication skills for knowledge transfer 3.15 (1.33)
 (g) A list of potential (postgraduate student) research result users is prepared for each research project 2.18 (1.27)
 (h) The necessary structures and/or manpower are available for strengthening knowledge transfer in our department 2.65 (1.39)
 (i) The framework of students research projects’ final reports is such that decision-makers can easily point out the actionable message 2.85 (1.24)
 (j) Student researchers can provide the results of their research through the web and/or electronic banks 2.75 (1.43)
 (k) There is regular communications with media and target for transfer of research-based evidence 1.81 (1.15)
 (l) Intellectual property rights exist which support researchers who help disseminate research results prior to their publication in journals 2.21 (1.32)
 (m) There are criteria for evaluation of researchers’ knowledge transfer activities in our department 2.58 (1.46)
 (n) Evidence-based medicine/decision-making is among the subjects in our department 3.44 (1.41)
Domain 4: Promoting use. In conducting your research project, which of the following applies to your unit or department or faculty? N = 180 (SD)
 (a) Systematic reviews or policy briefs or clinical guidelines or technical reports, etc., that strengthen evidence-based decision-making are produced in my department 2.76 (1.44)
 (b) Postgraduate student researchers participate in technical committees that help in decision-making 1.84 (1.28)
 (c) We send decision-makers reminders to follow the (postgraduate) research results that we have previously sent them 1.68 (1.14)
 (d) Education programmes such as “evidence-based medicine” or “evidence-based decision-making” for service providers and/or managers is among the activities in our department 2.84 (1.45)