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Table 6 Recommendations for standardized planning and reporting of retention protocols

From: Retaining participants in community-based health research: a case example on standardized planning and reporting

1. Developing a retention protocol
 – Conducting a systematic review of the literature
 – Using theoretical frameworks and methodologies to identify retention strategies
 – Developing retention planning, participant engagement and maintenance activities within an evaluation framework
 – Developing data-informed monitoring and evaluation of retention strategies
2. Implementing a retention protocol
 – Evaluating and refining strategies for monitoring and assessing effectiveness
 – Conducting quantitative and qualitative comparative analyses of strategies
 – Monitoring and evaluating costs of specific efforts
3. Publishing retention protocol and outcome data
 – Reporting in peer-reviewed journals and other public venues and sharing lessons learned