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CSI’s flagship methodology is Group Concept Mapping.  But our expertise goes beyond the GCM tools.  We are a mixed-methods firm with the experience to tackle a client’s big issues with the hands-on customized approach of a small company.

Our Methods And Tools

Conferring with our client, we focus on the desired outcomes of each inquiry and match these approaches to your purposes.  We develop rigorous inquiry protocols that are effective and easy for your participants to respond to.  We conduct highly effective recruitment for each event.  We combine tools and results in innovative ways to meet your research needs. Here are some methods and tools we use:

Individual Interviews – We construct and coordinate key informant interviews using customized protocols, both structured and semi-structured.  We conduct interviews face to face or any other interactive modality that supports the project.

Focus Groups – Using accepted practices, we organize, manage, and facilitate focus groups through face-to-face and virtual means.

Facilitated Discussions – We engage participants at each relevant level to foster deliberation and support cooperative discussion, creating a common perspective and enhancing understanding of the issues.

Expert Panels – We develop, manage, and facilitate expert panels for consensus decision-making, basing the panel work in relevant preparatory research.

Workshop Facilitation and Management – We plan, manage, and facilitate meetings and workshops from 6 to 200 people.  We include a full range of logistics planning and on-site coordination, and lead content and agenda planning and presentation.

In evaluation, program planning, and theory development, CSI responds to research needs by recommending and combining tools like these:

Bibliometric Analysis – Using widely accepted analytical techniques, we evaluate the presence and impact of research output produced by scientific organizations and systems.

Data Abstraction – We develop and implement structured protocols for data abstraction from existing materials including CVs, NIH BioSketches, reports, and communication materials.

Database Development – We construct and annotate small research databases for efficient data management and produce analysis.

Literature Reviews – We design the protocol and conduct general and systematic literature reviews on topics related to the client’s needs, including public health and large-scale evaluation.

Logic Models – We craft logic models based on the theory of the program, adjusting to reflect and predict the anticipated changes in a research initiative.

Network Analysis – Using network analytics, we examine the apparent relational structures and surface deep structures between individuals and groups.

Survey Management – We design, create, and implement surveys via paper and online platforms.

Successful Outcomes

Browse from a few of our case studies to see examples of our process in action.

Click here for CSI Bibliographies, that describe hundreds of initiatives using GCM and the CSGlobal software.  Many showcase our application of these other methods too.  Call us to learn more!

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    In Development and Planning/ Public Health
    State of Delaware
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    In Development and Planning/ Mental Health
    Mental Health America (MHA)
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    In Community Good/ Needs Assessment
    NYS Early Intervention Program
  • womens-health
    In Needs Assessment/ Public Health
    The Office on Women’s Health
  • chronic-disease
    In Curriculum and Theory Development/ Public Health
    National Association of Chronic Disease Directors
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    In Evaluation/ Public Health
    National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
  • hunter-cs
    In Community Good/ Evaluation
    Hunter College
  • RWJcaseImagewithlogo
    In Community Good/ Development and Planning/ Public Health
    Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

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