Research, Evidence and Evaluation Toolkit (REET)

The RPS Research, Evidence and Evaluation Toolkit (REET) supports you to better understand research and evaluation in day to day practice and will give you a supporting structure to guide professional development with research at its core.

The REET is based on and linked to core skills for research identified from a number of national frameworks (including RPS Foundation and Faculty).  It focuses specifically on the knowledge, skills, experiences and behaviours that collectively form the building blocks for all research pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists across all sectors. Practical research and evaluation examples illustrate individual activities and competencies to facilitate usage and navigation through the toolkit.

Read the report launching the REET to see more about the skills identified, and for an illustrated guide for the online system.


Using the REET

The REET can be used independently as a standalone resource or can be used in alignment with the RPS Roadmap to Advanced Practice. Each activity and related skill are mapped to the differing stages of professional development enabling the REET to be used as part of your integrated professional development journey. 

The REET is supported by an interactive online system (currently released in beta format) designed to provide users with a personalised pathway to identify skills based on level of professional practice, competency of interest or on specific skills identified. If you'd to know more about the REET please get in touch by emailing [email protected]

Look about the REET Look about the REET

The Research, Evidence and Evaluation Toolkit (REET) maps the skills, activities and competencies that relate to leading, supporting and engaging in research via an interactive online system. REET supports users you to identify, recognise and further develop research skills and engage in activities that generate evidence but ultimately we want this toolkit to be more than just an information source. We want it to steer and guide users in the development of research skills and offer a pathway specific to their individual needs.

Through a set of structured context rich examples, this toolkit aligns to nationally recognised professional development frameworks (including the Foundation and Advanced Pharmacy Frameworks). Collectively, the described knowledge and skills form the building blocks for all pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists undertaking (or wishing to undertake) research and evaluation activities across all sectors and scopes of practice. The REET also facilitates self-reflection of individual skills level and skills gap and therefore enables the identification of professional development needs. For pharmacists who are members of the RPS, this toolkit can also be a useful tool to support your Foundation and Faculty journeys, as well as to target your continuous professional development (CPD) and continuing fitness to practice (CFtP).

Target audience – Pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists as well as education and training providers, mentors, employers or any healthcare professionals undertaking (or interested in engaging in) pharmacy/pharmaceutical research and evaluation activities.

Aim – Facilitate the identification, recognition and development of skills and activities that generate evidence.

Key skillsets describe:

  1. Research skills, methods and strategy
  2. Research knowledge, intellectual ability and personal qualities
  3. Research management and leadership
  4. Communication and dissemination of research
  5. Research education and training
  6. Working with others and collaborating in research
  7. Impact, evaluation and translation of research

How the REET was developed How the REET was developed

The REET was developed using a comparative mapping between widely used and recognised professional development programmes and frameworks to ensure applicability across all pharmacy and pharmaceutical research sectors across Great Britain, from foundation through to advanced and specialist levels of practice. The toolkit development compared:

  • the RPS Foundation Pharmacy Framework (FPF);
  • the RPS Advanced Pharmacy Framework (APF);
  • the multi-disciplinary Vitae Researcher Development Framework (used by many Universities to develop researchers).

Following comparative mapping of competencies, specific skill requirements were cross-mapped; in addition, practical examples of research and evaluation activities as well as associated knowledge, skills, experiences and behaviours were identified.

The REET testing and results of Phase 1 The REET testing and results of Phase 1

We have released the REET in a Beta format to allow for thorough engagement, feedback from potential users and evaluation based development. Initial testing of the REET will occur in two distinct phases during 2017 and will enable us to gather comments and feedback from volunteer users to develop real world evidence for toolkit improvement and development.

In what we hope will be the first step in a project of continuous improvement (Phase 1) assessed the current toolkit asking users to:

  • assess the relevance and accuracy of the skills and example activities presented;
  • add additional skills and examples;
  • identify the possible utility of the toolkit;
  • prioritise areas of work and focus for toolkit development;
  • comment on the overall structure and functionality of the toolkit.

In February 2017 we launched Phase 1 testing of the REET. In total 55 people joined the pilot, which ran until May 2017. The overall comments were very encouraging and we have summarised them in a short report.

We are very grateful to everyone who has already signed up to be part of this initiative and dedicated their time to use and provide feedback on the toolkit during Phase 1.

Join Phase 2 of the REET testing Join Phase 2 of the REET testing

We will be launching REET Phase II testing very soon and hope to have more people involved, as your input can shape the toolkit to your needs!

Phase 2 will bring an additional level of functionality that will provide users with access to detailed case studies and outline developmental learning objectives, linking to training, courses and events. At this stage we will be asking pilot participants to:

  • follow the needs/gap analysis approach for identifying research skills to develop;
  • assess the utility of signposting to related resources (e.g. guidance, training, etc.);
  • assess the additional structure, functionality and case studies presented in terms of appropriateness and detail;
  • prioritise discrete areas of future work relating to:
    • additional mapping to national frameworks (e.g. the RPS Leadership Framework);
    • providing resources to link to RPS Roadmap competencies.

If you would like to know more about the REET please email [email protected]

Evaluation of the REET (Phase 1)

Check out the results of the REET Phase 1 evaluation. Read our short report and also see our infographic.

20170712 RPS REET Phase 1 survey results_Infographic