One of the signature achievements of the CRCAH was to implement a new way of developing and appraising research grant proposals, a methodology that came to be known as the Facilitated Development Approach (FDA). This paper describes how the FDA model emerged as a result of dissatisfaction within the Aboriginal health sector with the earlier, researcher-driven competitive tendering model. It describes how the FDA’s more collaborative approach, with an emphasis on involving Aboriginal communities and organisations from the earliest stages of a research proposal, yields research with greater relevance to Aboriginal people’s health and a greater likelihood of uptake by the health sector.
|J. Street, F. Baum & I. Anderson