As a result of the merger of Center for Healthcare Policy and Research (CHPR) and the Center for Healthcare Decisions (CHD), we now have the capacity to work with researchers, healthcare providers, policymakers at all levels of government, healthcare plan representatives, professional associations, community organizations, philanthropists, and other clients to understand the views and priorities of targeted stakeholders.

Whether you are conducting research, considering changes within your company or local community, or are facing a state or national policy dilemma, we can help you engage your constituents.

To learn more about the methods we use for engaging stakeholders, please visit CHD Approaches.

To learn more about currently available CHCD Stakeholder Engagement services, please contact CHCD Program Manager, Patricia Powers at

Research-related Benefits of Stakeholder Engagement

The following nine areas (adapted from Staley 2009) illustrate ways in which public involvement, including stakeholder engagement, can make positive impacts on research projects.

Agenda-Setting: Stakeholder engagement can improve the focus of a project, and the choice of collaborators who participate.

Design and Delivery: Community stakeholders’ knowledge of local circumstances can lead to efficient identification of previously unknown causal links and improvements to, for example, study design, tools, communication and dissemination.

Ethics and Informed Consent: Engagement with the public can identify ethical pitfalls and ways to improve the informed consent process. This is particularly important when gaining informed consent is not feasible and a community consultation is required. 

Public Education: The knowledge and skills of targeted stakeholders can be enhanced.

Researcher Education: By deliberatively engaging stakeholders, academic partners may gain new insights into the relevance of a given project and enhanced understanding of the issue under study, which can be parlayed into wider dissemination of their findings.

Implementation and Change: New ways for how research findings can be used to bring about change can be identified and the capacity for change and maintaining long-term partnerships can be expanded.

Individual Research Participants: Stakeholder engagement can improve the way studies are conducted, making it easier to participate in them.

Community Organizations: Organization members can network with other stakeholders, laying the groundwork for subsequent collaborations.

The General Public: By engaging the public up front, society will be more receptive to research in general and the benefits that come from it.