Research and development work is very important to Connect. It helps ensure that our services, our training and our publications are relevant and effective. Some members of staff at Connect have a background in academic research. They carry out research looking at different aspects of life with aphasia. Sometimes we work with researchers from different organisations and universities. To find out more about research projects we have been connected with click here.

We have also asked independent researchers to evaluate our services and tell us what works well and what doesn't work so well. For more information about the Discovery Project, which evaluated Connect's services, click here.

Sometimes Connect gets funding from different organisations to set up and run development projects. For example, The King's Fund is supporting a project in which will develop a Communication Access Toolkit. We have a Department of Health grant to develop Self Management activities for people with aphasia and another grant for the Reaching Out project,helping NHS therapists set up and run conversation schemes. To find out more about Connect's different development projects click here.

We also collaborate with other organisations and research groups to think about ways to give people with aphasia a voice in research. For example we work with INVOLVE to promote the involvement of people with communication disability in health and social care research. People with aphasia are involved in Connect research and development projects as participants, advisors and evaluators. They also help Connect to train other researchers, teaching them how to involve people with communication disability in research. To find out more about inclusive research click here.

In 2005 we also launched a new publishing programme, translating the work from our practice and research into training toolkits and a series of 'ideas guides'. To find out more about our publications and training click here.