What is Formative Research?
Formative research uses qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods to ensure interventions are responsive to the needs of the target population and tailored to the local context. In health services, formative research seeks to co-create clinical and community-based health interventions. Formative research informs strategies to optimize intervention relevance, acceptability, feasibility, and sustainability, and can be conducted at any stage of intervention design, implementation, and evaluation.
What does the Formative Research Team do?
Mission: To promote the use of rigorous research methods that aim to understand and incorporate the perspectives of patients, providers, families, and community members into the design of health programs.
Based at the Children’s Mercy Research Institute (CMRI), the Formative Research Team (FRT) consults and collaborates with researchers within and beyond the Kansas City academic community to:
- Construct formative research studies on a strong foundation of social and behavioral theory
- Integrate formative research methods in grant proposals and IRB protocols
- Design and conduct rigorous in-depth interviews, focus-groups, and surveys
- Analyze qualitative data
- Disseminate formative research findings to various audiences
- Guide the integration of findings into interventions and their evaluation
To connect with the Formative Research Team, please fill out this form.