August 12, 2022

The Stakeholder Engagement in Question Development and Prioritization method, better known as the SEED Method, is a multi-stakeholder approach to engaging communities in research, problem solving, and action planning. The SEED Method provides a framework for collaborative research and action planning that can be scaled up or down depending on project resources and goals. 

The SEED Method engages community stakeholders -- such as patients, caregivers, advocates, and health professionals -- through collaborative processes to develop and prioritize strategies for addressing a health problem. The goals of this method are to actively engage community stakeholders and generate a relevant research agenda or action plans that address the concerns, needs, and values of stakeholders. 

The method was initially developed and tested under an award from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). With continued support from PCORI’s Improving Methods and Eugene Washington Engagement awards, the Office of Research and Evaluation at AmeriCorps, and the National Service and Civic Engagement research grant competition, the SEED Method has been updated and expanded. 

To learn more about the SEED Method and gain access to tools, webinars, training videos, articles, and other relevant resources visit their website at To join the SEED community subgroup and access blog post updates, webinars, and discussion forums, click here.