Knowledge Synthesis

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Some say the scholar-practitioner form of knowledge creation started with Kurt Lewin in the 1950’s. Others contend that it is the most natural form of knowledge creation practiced by people throughout time. This 30 minute video introduces the basic tenets of action research.

This tool provides a process for describing and further assessing propositions, which are proposals on best practice that have a solid evidence base but remain contested.

Grading instruments can help policy decision makers evaluate research on a given topic. There are many grading instruments available to “…provide a metric to ‘quantify’ the quality of evidence from either an individual study or from a body of evidence”.

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Developing close working relationships between policing and academic organisations requires increased understanding of what is important to each organisation and how to build an effective collaboration.

The point of collaboration is to combine different skills and attributes. But collaborators do not just come with desirable differences to be harnessed. Some differences get in the way of collaboration and must be managed for the research to proceed.

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Shares tips for collaboration between HASS (Humanities, Arts and Social Science) and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Medicine/Mathematics) sectors based on experience undertaking research on water-related issues.

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Practical guidance is provided on collaboration in research teams.

The toolkit is divided into nine sections, each covering the following:

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“The Collaboration Success Wizard is an on-line diagnostic survey for geographically distributed collaborations. The survey probes factors that may strengthen or weaken the collaboration. The Wizard provides both personal and project-level reports to help build successful and productive collaborative projects.”

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Individual competencies for interdisciplinary research collaboration were identified using a Delphi method which drew on expert opinion. Twenty-four competencies were identified in the following five clusters:
  • intrapersonal, including broad intellectual curiosity and an open mind
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A list of questions for scientific collaborators helps identify - before collaborating - core issues such as authorship, adding additional collaborators, and identification of who does what in the collaboration.

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