BDA Research Strategy
The BDA Research Strategy seeks to provide a
strategic framework for research and evidence gathering activities to
support BDA decision making. It sets out the principles underpinning
these activities, and defines the BDA’s long-term research priorities
for the next three-year period (2013-16). How these goals will be
delivered is set out in the BDA’s annual Operational Plan.
BDA exists to represent dentists and improve the oral health of the
nation. The Principal Executive Committee has a three-year strategy that
sets out the BDA’s priorities. In order to meet these priorities, the
right evidence base needs to be in place. The BDA needs to engage in a
wide range of evidence-gathering, research and evaluation activities.
A successful strategy to underpin research and evidence-gathering activities at the BDA should:
provide the necessary evidence base to support decision-making at the BDA and inform the BDA’s negotiating position
be aligned with other BDA strategies and core BDA values
receive support from across the BDA
consider the resource implications of future research and evidence-gathering activities
Over the next years (2013-16), research and evidence-gathering activities at the BDA will focus on the following goals:
1 - To undertake research on dentistry in order to understand the state
of the dental profession, its needs and what it requires from
This refers to research activities that seek
to develop or inform the BDA’s negotiating position. For example, this
includes: market studies; policy evaluation and impact studies;
labour-market research on the dental workforce; and research on dental
health care in the UK.
Goal 2 - To undertake research on
dentists’ perceptions, service and policy needs and attitudes towards
the wider dental industry
Goal 3 - To undertake membership research to understand the views, perceptions and priorities of dentists
includes evidence gathering to learn more about BDA members and their
concerns - for example, consultative research to find out more about
members’ views, perceptions and priorities on issues that affect them.
This includes: membership surveys; focus groups; deliberative research;
and polling of members on specific issues.
The BDA’s specific
research objectives that relate to Goals 1-3 change from year to year
and these are set out in each year’s Operational Plan although new
activities can be required during the year according to circumstances.
Goal 4 - To ensure the right conditions are in place to enable research and evidence-gathering activities
example, this includes: research governance; IT, training and capacity
building; methodological development; and systems to ensure research and
evidence-gathering is carried out efficiently and to a high standard.
Objectives under this goal:
ensure that the human resources, IT and data systems, and other
resources exist to enable research and evidence-gathering activities.
ensure that the skills, knowledge and experience are available to
undertake high quality primary research and evaluation activities, and
to assess and apply evidence in policy and practice.
build partnerships and to collaborate with both internal and external
stakeholders to support or enable BDA research and evidence-gathering
Goal 5 - To communicate findings and
learning from BDA research activities and to promote evidence-based
decision-making at the BDA
Objectives under this goal:
promote the value of research/knowledge generation and awareness of the
principles of evidence-based decision making across the BDA.
ensure that research findings and evidence are effectively disseminated
to relevant audiences (including BDA members and the UK wider dental
care community where appropriate) and using a variety of media and
To provide advice and support on research and evidence issues to BDA officers and committees.
The BDA Research Strategy can be downloaded in PDF format below: