Concept mapping is a participatory, mixed method research approach that yields a conceptual framework for how a group views a particular topic or aspect of a topic. A specific strength of the community health research method is that participants actively contribute to the research process through the generation of data, ensuring the final outcome is representative of their perspectives versus that of the researcher. Concept mapping has been used in public health to study issues such as intimate partner violence, birth outcomes, asthma, general community health, and barriers to breast cancer screening and treatment. It is a particularly appropriate method for gaining insights into how communities view and prioritize health topics.
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In 2010, the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences (BCHS) established the BCHS Concept Mapping Institute, a designated concept mapping center of practice by the Concept Systems Centers of Practice (CS COP) Program. The Concept Mapping Institute is directed by Jessica Burke and has affiliated partners who are using the method in their own community health research.
Project license and technical support options are designed to fit the needs of each project. Each project requires the purchase of a license in order to use the software and a costs vary based on the size and scope of each project.
Overview Paper by Jessica G. Burke, et al: An Introduction to Concept Mapping as a Participatory Public Health Research Method
Concept Systems, Inc. Web site: www.conceptsystemglobal.com
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Director: Jessica G. Burke
Associate professor, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences
Coordinator: Jessica R. Thompson
PhD candidate, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences
If you have any questions about using concept mapping as a research method, or are interested obtaining more information about the Institute and associated resources, contact Jessica Burke at email@example.com or call 412-624-3610.