Report to the NHS Central Research & Development Committee
Annex 7 - Rating Criteria and Scoring Guidelines










Rating criteria

The following criteria of NHS need and research and development potential were agreed by members of the Advisory Group at their first meeting. These formed the basis for rating possible priority areas.


Criteria related to NHS need
  Likely benefit of research to NHS and patients
  Relevance to policy initiatives, such as those in Health of the Nation Key Area Handbook, Cancers
 
  Burden of disease
  Costs to NHS and patients


Criteria related to research and development potential

  Research to be feasible
  Areas recognised to be important but already supported by other major cancer research organisations were not considered for priority selection
 
 
  Areas recognised to be important but already supported by other major cancer research organisations were not considered for priority selection
 
 
  Topics need to be neither too narrowly specific nor too generic and all embracing
 


Scoring Guidelines

The Advisory Group members scored 43 items which they had agreed between themselves and, specifically, with the chairmen of the Sub-groups, represented the priority items distilled from all the foregoing collective endeavours.

A score for each item from 1 to 9 was allowed. The following guidance on scoring was used.

8-9 of greatest priority
6-7 of major priority
4-5 of importance but of lower priority
2-3 of low priority
1 of very low priority



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