Priorities for Research in Child Maltreatment, Intimate Partner Violence and Resilience to Violence Exposures: Results of an International Delphi Consensus Development Process

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For which topic were research priorities identified?

intimate partner violence and child maltreatment

In which location was the research priority setting conducted?

North America - Canada

Why was it conducted at all?

Intimate partner violence (IPV) and child maltreatment (CM) are major global public health problems. The Preventing Violence Across the Lifespan (PreVAiL) Research Network, an international group of over 60 researchers and national and international knowledge-user partners in CM and IPV. To reach its broader goals, PreVAiL had as an initial objective to identify priority research topics and activities based on known gaps in the literature.

What was the objective?

to identify evidence-based research priorities in intimate partner violence and child maltreatment

What was the outcome?

a ranking list of 19 research topics

How long did the research prioritization take?

summer 2010 - May 2011

Which methods were used to identify research priorities?


How were the priorities for research identified exactly?

Step 1: identification of research gaps and priorities: via research briefs and stakeholders identifying gaps. Step 2: Delphi round 1: survey: participants were asked to rate overall importance of the initial 20 priorities in 5 categories thinking ahead 3 to 5 years and considering the feasibility and applicability of the research topic, participants could also suggest new potential priorities for inclusion. Step 3: Delphi round 2: 27 existing priorities and 12 new priorities along categories, participants were asked to rank priorities within categories. Step 4: Delphi round 3: 3 teleconferences to finalize priorities in each area via discussion

Which stakeholders took part?

Researchers, NGOs, agencies government. Delphi round 1: 44 participants. Delphi round 2: 47 participants.

How were stakeholders recruited?

PreVAiL team members were invited to participate

Were stakeholders actively involved or did they just participate?

Stakeholders were mere participants of the research prioritization process; they were not actively involved in the process.