Research and Evaluation Process
Current Research Priorities
- Crisis Center evaluation – Effectiveness of and strategies to improve service delivery, staff wellness and mental health, and utilization of peer support within crisis intervention
- Technological advances in suicide prevention and crisis intervention – Effectiveness of remote trainings, caller/chatter engagement via new telephonic and online platforms, use of artificial intelligence in suicide prevention/crisis interventions, and similar topics
- Follow-up – Long-term effectiveness of follow-up intervention on suicide risk; strategies for improving delivery of follow-up services
- Suicide in the media – Portrayal and effects of suicide in the media
- Suicide in high-risk and special populations – Suicide prevention, crisis intervention and lived experienced in/for high-risk and special populations including but not limited to: suicide attempt survivors, disaster survivors and responders, suicide-homicides, individuals who identify as LGBTQ, military and veterans, youth and adolescents, individuals experiencing domestic violence, Native Americans, and more
Research that falls outside of the current focus areas:
We encourage submission of applications even if they fall outside of the key focus areas. While we may not be able to support a collaboration in the immediate future, it is possible that as the needs and priorities of the Lifeline change, they may align more closely with the aims of your project.
- The researcher(s) leading these efforts must be from an accredited institution (i.e., university, hospital, etc.).
- The institution must have an ethics review board; there is an assumption that if a research agreement is established between the Lifeline and the institution, the institution will have the research reviewed by their ethics board before the research commences.
- There must be a clearly defined research question and significant social impact to the research.
- Applications will be denied if the research does not relate to suicide or if the request is not a research or evaluation project.
- All media requests should be directed to Frances Gonzalez, Senior Director of Marketing and Communications at [email protected].
- We will not accept applications without a clearly defined research question or significant social impact.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does the Lifeline accept proposals from PhD students?
The Lifeline will consider proposals from PhD students who are sponsored and supported by a faculty member. Applicants should complete the Research Proposal Application and include a letter of support from the faculty member as an attachment. The letter should attest to the student’s leadership and analytical abilities.
How long will it take to hear back from the Lifeline regarding my application?
Applications are carefully reviewed on a monthly basis. As such, please expect approximately one to two months before a member of the Lifeline Evaluation team responds to your application (although, you will receive a receipt of confirmation upon submission). This time period enables key players to convene and assess the appropriateness and feasibility of the project for the Lifeline. We appreciate your patience.
How does the Lifeline decide which proposals to accept?
The Lifeline receives many requests for research collaborations and has a limited capacity for new projects. Our proposal decisions are based on a number of factors, including whether the project aligns with the Lifeline’s priority research areas and the resources that are required to take on the project.
What are the next steps if my application is approved?
All collaborations with the Lifeline will require a formal research data agreement. Please be advised that the process of establishing an agreement can take several months. Plans for data sharing and confidentiality between institutions and operational/technical logistics are factors that would need to be discussed at length as an agreement is established.
Does the Lifeline have publicly available data sets?
At this time, publicly available data sets are not available.
Does the Lifeline have data on….?
The best way to find out whether the Lifeline has specific data is to complete the Research Proposal Application. However, please note that the Lifeline as a whole does not routinely collect information on callers/texters/chatters and their call outcomes. If you are looking to obtain this information, a formal research collaboration is needed.
Does the Lifeline provide funding for research and evaluation?
The Lifeline has limited funds available for research and evaluation projects. When additional funding becomes available, we will post RFPs online. We are able to work with researchers who receive funding from their primary institution.
Can the Lifeline promote my external research?
The Lifeline does not promote external research projects. In addition, we do not provide assistance to external researchers for the recruitment of research participants to their studies.
Can I refer individuals to the Lifeline as part of my research?
Anyone can use or promote Lifeline services. In the case that your research study would like to list the Lifeline contact information for an adverse events protocol, it is best to provide the contact information for your local crisis center(s). You may contact us if you need assistance determining the center(s) closest to you (or if your study spans numerous geographical areas), or if you have additional questions. Please contact us at [email protected].
I would like to obtain data for a media project. What are my next steps?
All data requests for the media should be directed to Frances Gonzalez, Senior Director of Marketing and Communications at [email protected].
I have additional questions. Who can I contact?
Please visit the Contact Us form. Select ‘Research and Data’ from the drop-down menu. A member of the evaluation team will respond to your inquiry.