Friday, 20 May 2016

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Creating innovative research designs: the 10-year Methodological Think Tank case study

Katerndahl David A
Professor at University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Family & Community Medicine, San Antonio, TX


Addressing important but complex research questions often necessitates the creation of innovative mixed methods designs. This report describes an approach to developing research designs for studying important but methodologically challenging research questions.

The Methodological Think Tank has been held annually in conjunction with the Primary Care Research Methods and Statistics Conference in San Antonio since 1994. A group of 3 to 4 methodologists with expertise balanced between quantitative and qualitative backgrounds is invited by the think tank coordinators to serve on a 2-day think tank to discuss a research question selected from those submitted in response to a call for proposals. During the first half-day, these experts explore the content area with the investigator, often challenging beliefs and assumptions. During the second half-day, the think tank participants systematically prune potential approaches until a desirable research method is identified.

Researchers and academic departments could use this process locally to develop innovative research designs.

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