November 1, 2014

Stakeholder Engagement for Question Prioritization

Under an award from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), VCU’s Center on Society and Health is conducting a demonstration in Richmond City of a new methodology for engaging diverse stakeholders in the process of conceptualizing and prioritizing research questions on health related topics. The SEED method engages stakeholders through collaborative, participatory, and consultative processes, and includes a range of stakeholders – such as patients, caregivers, and advocates and health professionals – who may participate in the project in a variety of ways.

For the Richmond demonstration, Engaging Richmond, a community-university partnership, will recruit and work with these stakeholders to create conceptual models of factors that may be important contributors to diet compliance for those with diabetes, hypertension, and other chronic, diet-sensitive conditions. Based on these models, the stakeholders will develop and prioritize research questions on this topic to inform a research agenda that is disseminated to the community, researchers, policymakers, funding organizations, and those in power to affect change. The goal is for the stakeholder-identified research agenda to help steer researchers and funders toward answering questions most relevant to the needs of patients and health service providers.

Health Topic for this demonstration: Diet compliance for those with diabetes, hypertension, and other chronic, diet-sensitive conditions

Goals: 

  • To actively engage community stakeholders in identifying and prioritizing research questions surrounding diet compliance for those with diabetes, hypertension, and other chronic, diet-sensitive conditions
  • To generate a relevant research agenda that addresses the concerns, needs, and values of diverse stakeholder groups
  • To disseminate the research agenda to the community, researchers, policymakers, funding organizations and those in power to affect change

Participants:

  • Community partners to help identify and recruit stakeholders and partner on dissemination activities
  • Community researchers, members of the Engaging Richmond community-university partnership, will lead the 9-month demonstration project
  • Stakeholder participants will take part in a series of facilitated exercises to develop and prioritize research questions, meeting periodically over a 7-month period
  • Focus group and interview participants will meet once to share information about issues related to diet compliance

To learn more or get involved, please contact:

Emily  Zimmerman
SEED Principal Investigator
VCU Center on Society and Health
ezimmerman@vcu.edu

Sarah Cook
SEED Research Assistant
VCU Center on Society and Health
(804) 828-4573
scook2@vcu.edu

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