Engaging Stakeholders in Identifying VA Access Research and Evaluation Priorities: A Foundation for the Access Research Roadmap
Karen Albright, PhD
Demetria McNeal, PhD, MBA
Seminar date: 1/6/2021
Description: The Stakeholder Engagement Workgroup engages access researchers within and outside VA, Veterans, and VA operational partners to solicit their perspectives about the most important access-related research domains for VA to address in the next decade. The ultimate goal of this work is to inform VA HSR&D’s funding priorities for access research and, thus, help shape the direction of the field. Recent efforts from the workgroup include conducting (1) a modified Delphi panel and (2) a series of dialogues with Veteran Advisory Boards (VABs). The Delphi process involved a multi-round engagement of 22 access researchers and VA operational partners, in which these experts identified important access related questions and then ranked them in terms of priority for VA support. Veterans’ perspectives on those questions and domains were then solicited from VABs in Iowa City, IA; Ann Arbor, MI; and Bedford, MA. This CyberSeminar will describe the engagement involved in this work and the highest priority access-related questions that emerged from the process.
Intended Audience: A broad range of audiences may be interested in our CyberSeminar: (1) VA researchers and investigators interested in understanding the gaps in VA access-related research identified through our processes; (2) operational leaders interested in understanding access-related domains of high priority to both Veterans and researchers; and (3) data scientists interested in understanding Delphi and engagement methodologies.