Formative research and stakeholder participation in intervention development

Amy Vastine, Joel Gittelsohn, Becky Ethelbah, Jean Anliker, Benjamin Caballero

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Objective: To present a model for using formative research and stakeholder participation to develop a community-based dietary intervention targeting American Indians. Methods: Formative research included interviews, assessment of food- purchasing frequency and preparation methods, and dietary recalls. Stakeholders contributed to intervention development through formative research, a program planning workshop, group feedback, and implementation training. Results: Foods high in fat and sugar are commonly consumed. Barriers to healthy eating include low availability, perceived high cost, and poor flavor. Stakeholder participation contributed to the development of a culturally appropriate intervention. Conclusions: This approach resulted in project acceptance, stakeholder collaboration, and a culturally appropriate program.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)57-69
Number of pages13
JournalAmerican Journal of Health Behavior
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2005


  • American Indians
  • Community participation
  • Food store intervention
  • Formative research
  • Obesity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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