In response to requests by scientists in Portugal, FRAME has had one of its key documents translated into Portuguese. The Strategic Planning Flowchart helps researchers design experiments that use fewer animals and extract more information from the work they carry out.
When scientists perform experiments it is vitally important they are well designed. This is especially serious if animals are used. Good planning and design can have a major impact on reducing animal use in research programmes and on the welfare of the animals used. Poor planning may waste resources or give the wrong answers, so experiments might have to be repeated and more animal lives used to correct errors.
The planning chart was originally drawn up to support a training scheme offered by FRAME. The charity holds regular training schools in experimental design that enable students to learn new ways of working. They include:
- Basic training in experimental design techniques
- Instruction in statistical methods to ensure that the data is analysed correctly
- Advice on legal and ethical considerations when using experimental animals
- Opportunity to evaluate procedures before putting them into practice
- Chance to meet with other researchers to discuss ideas and exchange expertise
- Practical skills that can be used daily in laboratories
The English version was soon followed by German and French translations, then Italian and Spanish. And last month a Portuguese researcher who attended one of the schools in the past suggested that colleagues would find a new one in his native language very useful.
The Portuguese poster is available to download from the FRAME website By clicking here: Planning