Yesterday I went to an RCBC Wales away day where we had a talk by Mark Hodder from Academi Wales. He introduced us to a tool to help simplify the requirements of our research and produce a statement of goals that anyone can understand.
The Quad of Aims is used in business under the heading ‘lean thinking’. Although this is a buzz word which tends to make me roll my eyes in anticipation of jargon I actually found this session very helpful. The Quad of Aims is a good way to help focus the mind on why your research is being done and can act as a reference point as the PhD progresses. It may also help me sound succinct when people ask about my work and what the intended outcomes are.
Here is my Quad of Aims for my research. The quad is broken into four boxes: Purpose, Impact, Deliverables and Success (we were advised to use the deliverables box to plan our work over three 60-day time periods).
Title: Perceptions of prostate cancer risk in African and Caribbean men in South Wales: Implications for health policy and supportive care.
|To understand group perceptions of prostate cancer risk in black African and Caribbean men in South Wales.The groups under study will be African and Caribbean men and General Practitioners in South Wales.||Provide an evidence base of current perceptions of prostate cancer risk in African and Caribbean men in South Wales.Provide an evidence base of current levels of understanding in General Practitioners about risk for prostate cancer in African and Caribbean men, and their knowledge of cultural beliefs in this group.|
|60 (1)Complete literature review.
Write protocol and make enquiries about publication.
Refine protocol and apply for ethical approval.
|Success will be measured by:
A better understanding of the need for education on prostate cancer risk in the African and Caribbean community
Use the evidence to produce a culturally sensitive education tool to advise African and Caribbean men about their prostate cancer risk.