Title

Can I conduct rigorous qualitative research outside the ivory tower? A glimpse into CRO methods

Location

1054

Format Type

Event

Format Type

Workshop

Start Date

January 2019

End Date

January 2019

Abstract

Contract research organizations (CROs) are private entities that contract with funding organizations such as Federal or state governments or foundations to conduct research with the goal of answering a specific policy or programmatic question. CROs offer another setting for conducting rigorous qualitative research outside of academia.

This workshop will discuss the special considerations for conducting rigorous qualitative research studies in the CRO setting. These include the use of large and geographically dispersed data collection teams, many of whom are not formally trained in qualitative methodology and analysis. Additional considerations include: tight timelines to complete the research and report findings to the funding organization, limited funding, regulatory compliance, and identifying findings of relevance to policy makers. CROs are often responsible for delivering a final, replicable qualitative dataset and analysis. We will present methods CROs use to ensure that the research is valid and reliable given these considerations. Topics include training data collection teams to conduct site visits, focus groups, and in-depth interviews, methods used to ensure the analysis is robust and transparent. We will also discuss the experience of conducting qualitative research in the CRO setting for students or others who might be considering a career outside of academia.

Keywords

health services research, CROs, qualitative research, careers, public policy

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Can I conduct rigorous qualitative research outside the ivory tower? A glimpse into CRO methods

1054

Contract research organizations (CROs) are private entities that contract with funding organizations such as Federal or state governments or foundations to conduct research with the goal of answering a specific policy or programmatic question. CROs offer another setting for conducting rigorous qualitative research outside of academia.

This workshop will discuss the special considerations for conducting rigorous qualitative research studies in the CRO setting. These include the use of large and geographically dispersed data collection teams, many of whom are not formally trained in qualitative methodology and analysis. Additional considerations include: tight timelines to complete the research and report findings to the funding organization, limited funding, regulatory compliance, and identifying findings of relevance to policy makers. CROs are often responsible for delivering a final, replicable qualitative dataset and analysis. We will present methods CROs use to ensure that the research is valid and reliable given these considerations. Topics include training data collection teams to conduct site visits, focus groups, and in-depth interviews, methods used to ensure the analysis is robust and transparent. We will also discuss the experience of conducting qualitative research in the CRO setting for students or others who might be considering a career outside of academia.