Research planning

Strategic Planning for Research Programmes

Good planning and design can have a major impact on reducing animal usage in research programmes and on the welfare of the animals used.

To help researchers using animals in biomedical research FRAME has developed this flowchart for planning a programme of experiments. It outlines steps to follow during research involving animals, taking account of ethical considerations.

Experiments using animals do not normally occur as isolated ‘one-off’ studies, and assessment of experimental results in the context of the complete programme may offer considerable scope for decreasing overall severity and reducing the number of animals.

Experimental design texts usually provide no guidance on how to design an individual experiment to minimise severity, or on how to organise a sequence of experiments. A well-planned programme incorporating the steps indicated here should allow the achievement of an experimental goal that involves minimal animal use and severity, while maximising the quality of the resultant scientific output. This poster has been designed to be displayed in laboratories and staff meeting areas.

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