Research Strategic Objectives
A. Be a transformative source of research funding in optometry, supporting research that will improve the profession for the public benefit, in university, hospital and practice settings, and developing the researchers of the future. By:
- Supporting university researchers at undergraduate, postgraduate and new lecturer levels.
- Providing practice-based research funding for clinically-focused research.
- Giving Research Excellence Awards to raise the profile of quality optometric research.
B. Continually update optometric practice, by collating, and reviewing, new and existing evidence and proposing its implications for clinicians. By:
- Undertaking or supporting literature reviews and evidence summaries, and promoting their conclusions for practice.
- Responding to areas of contention by providing evidence-based guidance on practice options.
- Supporting initiatives that promote good research governance, practice and dissemination.
C. Develop a research culture amongst our members, through up-skilling in interpreting research methods and findings. By:
- Producing CPD materials and discussion pieces.
- Providing research advice and guidance directly in response to member queries.
- Encouraging ‘clinician scientists’ through support for, and the promotion of, research that members can contribute to.
D. Maximise the visibility and impact of our funded research. By:
- Building and supporting an Alumni Network of current and previous College-funded researchers, and providing help in getting their research to practising clinicians.
- Producing briefings that summarise College-funded research for member, policy and public audiences.
- Evaluating the impact of what we fund and measuring it against priorities for patient eye care.
E. Provide a home for high-quality, independent scientific research in the field of optometry, through the publication of an international journal, Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics (OPO). By:
- Continuing to publish high-quality, peer-reviewed research in OPO.
- Providing a dedicated home for research in optometry and other specific areas within vision science.
- Working towards viable models of publication that allow for maximum access for researchers.
F. Support research, or provide analysis or data, to inform the College’s strategic decision-making. By:
- Supporting initiatives and consortia with the aim of increasing optometry’s access to research council funding.
- Commissioning projects to acquire evidence in areas prioritised by the College’s Research Committee.
- Evaluating data from ongoing College programmes.