Establishing an AHRQ Learning Collaborative, A White Paper

Contract Final Report

This contract final report explores the feasibility of creating and managing an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) learning collaborative to facilitate sharing of knowledge and expertise among the program directors and current and former trainees from the T32 health services research training programs sponsored by the agency.

Prepared by:

Jon Chilingerian, PhD
Signe Peterson Flieger, MSW, MA
Andrew Hart, MPH, MA

Awarded to: Professional and Scientific Associates
Reston, VA

Contract: 290-10-000190 


Executive Summary

  1. Introduction
  2. Background
  3. Theoretical Frameworks
  4. Existing Learning Collaboratives
  5. Developing an AHRQ Learning Collaborative
  6. Intersection of the AHRQ Learning Collaborative and the Health Services Research Community
  7. Recommendations for the AHRQ Learning Collaborative
  8. Next Steps

Appendix A. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality T32 Training Programs
Appendix B. Federal Training Programs in Comparative Effectiveness Research
Appendix C. Existing Learning Collaboratives and Networks
Appendix D. Sample Interview Protocol
Appendix E. 2005 Health Services Research (HSR) Core Competencies
Appendix F. Core Competencies and Learning and Evaluation Opportunities
Appendix G. Existing Health Services Research Resources

This document is in the public domain and may be used and reprinted without permission.

The authors of this report are affiliated with Brandeis University, Waltham, MA. None of the authors have any affiliations or financial involvements that conflict with material presented in this report.

The opinions presented in this report are those of the authors, who are responsible for its content, and do not necessarily represent the position of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services or the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.


We acknowledge and thank the following individuals for their assistance with this project: Genevieve Buser, Tim Carey, Sunita Desai, Bryan Dowd, Eva DuGoff, Ashley Fox, Rebecca Garrett, Brenda Harding, Erin Holve, Charlotte Jones, Andrea Kabcenell, Eric Kokuma, Carol Lange, Bernard (Bernie) Lau, Vanessa Lybanon-Daigle, Courtney Rees Lyles, Diane Martin, Erin Murphy, Michael Parchman, Karen Rudzinski, Lisa Simpson, Maureen Smith, Jodi Sperber, Kathrin Stoller, Stacey Valentine, Jonathan Weiner, Christina Yuan.

Page last reviewed October 2014
Page originally created June 2013
Internet Citation: Establishing an AHRQ Learning Collaborative, A White Paper. Content last reviewed October 2014. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.