21 September 2022
ARC West researchers have published CLIP-Q, their approach to conducting rapid qualitative research developed during the pandemic, in the journal Frontiers in Sociology. Qualitative research involves things like interviews and focus groups.
CLIP-Q stands for ‘conducting collaborative and intensive pragmatic qualitative research’. The approach aims to support rapid public health and healthcare innovation.
Producing rapid findings to inform decision-making has been a key challenge for qualitative methods used in applied health research. This was particularly the case during the COVID-19 pandemic, when evidence was needed to inform urgent public health and healthcare decision-making. Qualitative researchers had to step up to the challenge of conducting research at speed whilst maintaining rigour and ensuring credibility of findings.
ARC West’s Behavioural and Qualitative Science Team’s CLIP-Q approach involves:
Professor Jeremy Horwood, NIHR ARC West, a lead author, said:
“Following the pandemic, qualitative applied health research is now happening at a faster pace than traditional academic research.
“There is also a move to embrace research collaboration and knowledge co-production by researchers working alongside stakeholders and service users. This creates findings that are rapid, responsive and relevant.
“CLIP-Q uses a collaborative and intensive pragmatic team-based approach. This focuses research questions and guides strategies, enabling efficient design and expedited data collection, analysis and dissemination of urgent evidence to stakeholders as well as academic publications.”