The Stanford Lightning Report: An Implementation Science Rapid Qualitative Approach for Formative Evaluation

March 26, 2024


Catherine Brown Johnson, PhD
Stanford School of Medicine

Steve Asch, MD, MPH
Stanford School of Medicine

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The Stanford Lightning Report is a structured but flexible rapid qualitative approach used to increase the pace of learning in healthcare implementation. Supporting Learning Health System goals as well as large-scale research agendas, it can be applied across settings, from quality improvement and to randomized trials, ensuring more successful implementation. This talk includes examples of Lightning Report use in addiction settings (e-cigarettes and opioid use), step-by-step instructions on how to employ the approach, and hands-on just-in-time consultation on how to incorporate the Lightning Report into your projects.