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Methods: Mind the Gap

Webinar Series

Developing and Validating Metrics and Measures for Stakeholder Engagement in Research

March 25, 2020
Melody S. Goodman, Ph.D.

New York University
School of Global Public Health

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About the Webinar

Stakeholder engagement in research is an evidence-based approach for addressing health disparities and has the potential to increase the quality of research through higher participation rates, insightful interpretation of findings, and greater reliability and validity of measures in diverse populations. Additionally, increasing research literacy among stakeholders can enhance the infrastructure for stakeholder-engaged research. Despite the importance of both concepts in participatory public health research and health disparities research, the quantitative measurement of stakeholder engagement in research and research literacy is varied, inconsistent, and not methodologically sound.

In this presentation, Dr. Melody Goodman discusses her efforts to develop and validate quantitative measures of stakeholder engagement in research and research literacy. Emerging data suggest a valid and reliable measure to accurately assess associations between research outcomes and stakeholder engagement. Data on the measure of research literacy show mixed results and Dr. Goodman discusses potential areas for modification.

About Melody S. Goodman

Dr. Goodman received her B.S. summa cum laude in applied mathematics-statistics and economics (double major) from Stony Brook University. She received her M.S. in biostatistics from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and her Ph.D. from the Department of Biostatistics at Harvard University with minors in theoretical statistics and the social determinants of health disparities. 

She is the Associate Dean for Research, and Associate Professor of Biostatistics, in the School of Global Public Health at New York University. 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 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and two books (2018 Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group)—"Public Health Research Methods for Partnerships and Practice," and "Biostatistics for Clinical and Public Health Research." 

Dr. Goodman is a biostatistician and research methodologist with a large statistical toolbox. Her research interest is on identifying origins of health disparities and developing, as necessary, evidence-based primary prevention strategies to reduce these health disparities. 

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