Training and Technical Assistance in Research and Evaluation Methods. Population Health Research Consulting
At a glance
Consultations offered include
  • Research and evaluation methodological consultation
  • Fundamentals of community-engaged and community-based participatory research
  • Harvard-affiliated faculty and post-doctoral fellows
  • Community partners interested in collaborative partnerships with Harvard-affiliated academic researchers
  • Free
Harvard-affiliated investigators
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Members of community-based organizations

In partnership with the Harvard Catalyst Biostatistics Program, the Population Health Research Program offers a cadre of research and evaluation consultants to provide teams of faculty, students, and community partners with methodological assistance in community-engaged research. This includes training and consultation on mixed methods, and implementation and dissemination science, policy, and community-based participatory research. By providing assistance in research methods especially relevant in designing and evaluating clinical, policy, and community public health research activities, we are fostering focused and coordinated collaborations among Harvard researchers, researchers from other universities, and community partners.

What is Mixed Methods Research?

Mixed Methods Research (MMR), an approach developed over the past 20 years, systematically combines qualitative and quantitative research in order to capitalize on the respective strengths of each. Qualitative research, which often includes methods for data collection such as interviews and focus groups, has traditionally been used by social scientists to gain in-depth knowledge of an individual's or group's experience. Quantitative research, which often includes data collection through surveys, medical records, or surveillance data, is traditionally used to gather large amounts of data from many people, and its strength is that the data is both quantifiable and replicable. The value of MMR is that it integrates the benefits of both types of research: A researcher is able to focus both on characteristics of the population, and on the individual's experience within that population.

Frequently Asked Questions:

1. What kinds of consultation services are available?
We offer a range of consultation services to researchers, as well as to community partners seeking research assistance:

Technical assistance in study design and proposal development

  • Mixed methods
  • Implementation and dissemination science
  • Policy
  • Community-engaged research

Connecting investigators and communities

  • Connection with potential community partners
  • Fostering partnerships between and among investigators in CEnR

2. Who is eligible to receive consultation?
Consultations are available to Harvard-affiliated investigators and post-doctoral fellows. Consultations are also available for community partners (that is, employees or members of community-based organizations, municipalities, etc.) who are engaged in or interested in a collaborative partnership with a Harvard-affiliated investigator.

3. What costs are associated with consultation?
Consultations are provided free of charge to eligible Harvard-affiliated investigators, post-doctoral fellows, and community partners (see above).

4. How do I request a consultation?

  • If you are a Harvard-affiliated investigator (e.g., faculty, fellow), please complete this form. Login via HarvardKey or HMS eCommons ID required. Need Help?
  • If you are a member of a community-based organization and do not hold a Harvard academic appointment, please complete this form.

What if I have a question about the consultation service?

If you have a question about our consultation services, please email us.

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