University of Wisconsin–Madison

Guidelines for Selecting Research Projects

The Wisconsin Public Health Research Network (WPHRN) may endorse proposed or funded research projects if requested, using the following guidelines and decision-making process. Network resources may also be made available if possible. Endorsement is most commonly evidenced by a letter of support or endorsement.

  • Decision guidelines

    Decision guidelines (not all need to be met to be considered)

    We engage in/support/endorse a research project when:
    1. The project aims to conduct research related to public health services and systems.
    2. The project topic is included on the WPHRN Priority Research Questions (2015).
    3. The project is related to the Healthiest Wisconsin 2020 state health plan.
    4. The research addresses a practice or policy for which there is potential to bring about change as a result of the research and affect many local and tribal health departments and/or community partners and community collaborators.
    5. The investigator is willing to work collaboratively with the WPHRN.
    6. There are advantages to collaboration for both the WPHRN and the investigator.
    7. There is adequate funding to complete the project.
    8. The supporting actions of the network are feasible within the structure and methods of the WPHRN.

  • Decision-making process

    Decision-making process

    1. All project proposals are screened for appropriateness by the WPHRN staff and Co-Chairs.
    2. Appropriate projects will be reviewed by the WPHRN Steering Committee. The WPHRN Steering Committee votes on proposals or funded research projects to determine if the project will receive network endorsement and whether to make network resources available.
    3. Written agreements may be required related to researchers working on projects through the WPHRN.

Guidelines for Selecting Research Projects Using WPHRN Resources/Endorsement