Increasing research skills in rural health boards: an evaluation of a training program from Wwestern Newfoundland

Rural health boards face barriers to increasing evaluation skills, such as fewer opportunities for continuing education and limited access to training resources. In this project, we set out to develop and evaluate a research skills training program suitable for a rural health board. Participants attended five one-day workshops in their home region and completed a research project with ongoing mentoring from their instructor. Post-workshop surveys found that the workshops were highly rated (mean: 4.5 out of 5). We surveyed participants before and after the training.