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Table 2 Criteria chosen to appraise six research options by participants in Uganda

From: Stakeholder perceptions of research options to improve nutritional status in Uganda

Criterion Explanation of the criteria chosen to evaluate research options in Uganda
1. Impact (on nutrition and society) Impact on society: reduces poverty and increases equity; empowerment; participation; gives benefits to environment, food rights; Will it work to improve nutritional status? Time lag for impact of findings, sustainability, addresses an important issue/pertinence; reaches the right target groups, especially women and children and reaches minority and vulnerable sub-populations; broad reach of findings in population; findings can be scaled up or applied in reality.
2. Research efficacy Quality of research: rigour, representativeness, measurable; originality; multidisciplinary; applied research focus; availability of baseline data; relevance; uses existing evidence; can be evaluated/monitored; publication of results to academic audience; time that research takes to conduct; contribution to new knowledge.
3. Cost Cost of doing the research; cost-effectiveness; cost of applying the research findings.
4. Practical feasibility Can research be conducted politically, technically? Policy environment for supporting it. Cooperation of agencies, across departments and sectors; supported by government and at policy level. Technical feasibility, can be implemented, is practical- IT infrastructure, equipment, buildings, access to facilities. Is the human capacity available- in terms of skills/good management structures.
5. Social acceptability Social, cultural and individual acceptability; popularity; community participation and consultation both before and after research findings are known; culturally relevant; evidence it meets local needs; adapted to communicate with illiterate populations.