A strong research foundation
Our research is led by PhD-, DDS- and MD-level investigators who work with teams skilled in designing, assessing and conducting research projects. This expertise allows research teams to conduct complex studies.
Our research infrastructure includes:
We focus on web-based applications, backend web services and client server applications. This includes creation and maintenance of Institute and study-related websites. We are experienced in backend database and agile software development.
We identify and analyze information to answer research questions. Our knowledge of source data systems, analytical tools and technology ensure accurate and comprehensive records for research.
We manage and coordinate services in a multidisciplinary environment. We develop required applications and agreements. We also manage timelines and reporting requirements. Many of our project managers are masters-level researchers with project management certification or training.
We provide full-service development support to our investigators as well as our external research partners. We offer professional grant development and submissions, including federal contracts and proposals. We also manage a robust research review process to ensure administrative and scientific quality. For more information, contact Jenilee Christy.
We serve as researchers, methodologists, statisticians and consultants for study design and statistical analysis. Our expertise includes biostatistics, epidemiology, quantitative psychology, industrial engineering and demography. Our PhD- and master’s-level methodologists have study design, data source and statistical expertise.
Research quality assurance
We develop guidelines for internal study monitoring plans, research policies, procedures and tools and Epic research modules. We have created and support a research integrity training program for all research staff. We monitor our studies to ensure quality and integrity, and we ensure compliance with federal, state, institution and other regulations and policies.
Research subjects protection program
Our program manages two institutional review boards (IRBs). Each board reviews research with human subjects according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services regulations and clinical research per the U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulations. Our IRBs conduct reviews to ensure that subjects’ rights and welfare are protected; studies maximize possible benefits and minimize possible harms; studies result in important knowledge; and subjects agree to participate.
We collect health-related data from research subjects, patients and members for internal and external projects. Our projects range from small, one- or two-subject surveys to large multistate projects.
Technical infrastructure and systems
We use state-of-the-art technology in our data extracts, storage and security to ensure that the data used in our research are accurate and comprehensive. Our data and web systems are housed at the same data center used by HealthPartners’ care delivery and health plan. This center is supported by information services and technology and security teams from HealthPartners.
HealthPartners’ compliance program centers on the “Eight Basic Compliance Elements” suggested by the Office of the Inspector General. Key policies include scientific misconduct, objectivity in research and institutional conflict of interest. All investigators and research staff must review and complete conflict of interest forms at least annually and as changes in conflict occur. The policy is linked below. Training is provided through CITI. For more information, contact Kari Joy Garman at 952-967-5268.