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You Want to Quantify That?! The Science and Metrics of Partner Engagement in Research

Wednesday, December 18, 2019 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm


Melody Goodman, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
New York University

Dr. Goodman’s research interest is on identifying origins of health disparities and developing, as necessary, evidence-based primary prevention strategies to reduce these health disparities. The National Institutes of Health, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Verizon Foundation, Long Island Community Foundation, Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute, and Susan G. Komen for the Cure have funded her work. She has over 90 peer-reviewed journal articles and two books (2018 Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group); 1) Public Health Research Methods for Partnerships and Practice and 2) Biostatistics for Clinical and Public Health Research


Although stakeholder engagement is a crucial part of participatory public health research, the measurement of that engagement in research is varied, inconsistent, and not methodologically sound. Dr. Goodman is pioneering new, comprehensively validated quantitative measures of stakeholder engagement. Emerging data suggest a valid and reliable measure that can be used to determine the level of research engagement and accurately assess associations between research outcomes and stakeholder engagement. Validated measures are necessary to move the science of stakeholder engagement from best practices to evidence-based approaches. In the future, she plans to develop a computer adaptive algorithm to reduce participant burden and an implementation study to examine the use of the Research Engagement Survey Tool (REST) in stakeholder-engaged projects.

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