We use research to design and evaluate technology solutions that drive behavioral change.

We collaborate with behavioral scientists to develop media-rich programs and mobile apps that encourage participant engagement and achieve research objectives. Our research and design team includes design researchers, methodologists, project managers, and grants management specialists.

We know the language of research. We understand the intricacies of human subject risks and protections, research design, study management, and data analysis. From recruitment to reporting, Trifoia has the knowledge and experience to help oversee design of your intervention and planning for your study, right up to supporting your randomized, controlled trial if desired.

Do you have a stellar research idea but need a partner to get it funded, designed, and built? With over $50 million in funding and more than 20 grants from NIH, IES, and DOJ, Trifoia has the experience and expertise to help you design, develop, and deploy your program to the world.

Trifoia’s research department is:


  • Informed by design thinking processes
  • Focused on the needs and perspectives of the user
  • Iterative, flexible, and scalable


  • Evidence-based solutions
  • Built on previous research
  • Oriented toward achieving project goals

Grounded in behavioral science

  • Mixed methods, combining qualitative insights to understand quantitative results
  • Rigorous evaluation
  • Fully-powered randomized-control trials

Trifoia provides a comprehensive suite of research capabilities:

  • Design research
  • Ethnographic and contextual research (interviews, focus groups, observations, questionnaires)
  • Concept ideation and mock-up creation
  • Rapid prototyping
  • Heuristic evaluation, cognitive walkthroughs, and other inspection methods
  • Remote and in-person user testing using think-aloud protocols, scenario-based usability testing, and related approaches

Trifoia’s research certifications, policies, and training include:

  • Institutional Review Board (IRB) of record
  • Federalwide Assurance (FWA) for the Protection of Human Subjects
  • Negotiated Indirect Cost Rate Agreement
  • Conflict of Interest (COI) policy
  • Data Privacy and Protection policy
  • Verified human subjects training for all staff 

Research Services

  • Collaboratively develop research proposals for federally-funded institutes and private foundations
  • Design formative research, feasibility studies, pilot studies, and fully powered randomized-control trials
  • Manage all aspects of the research process including IRB approval, recruitment and retention, data collection, and analysis
  • Contribute to the dissemination of results in peer-reviewed publications, white papers, case studies, and popular press

Trifoia works with leading behavioral research scientists and institutions throughout the U.S.:

Trifoia works with leading behavioral research scientists and institutions throughout the U.S.: