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The ethical matrix provides a structured process for identifying, weighing and integrating different, and potentially conflicting, values among the various stakeholders concerned with an issue or problem.

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Focused dialogue is the collaborative construction of powerful ideas. These ideas are essentially simple, generic and fundamental concepts which, once developed between people, can serve to build the shared understanding essential for effective communication and successful integration.

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A new discipline – Integration and Implementation Sciences (I2S) – could provide a systematic way to allow people to effectively mix-and-match concepts and methods from systems thinking, inter- and trans-disciplinarity, implementation science, team science, complexity science and other approaches to more effectively

This video overview of interdisciplinarity identifies major developments over a century of work in an expanding variety of contexts, the communities of practices that emerged, and current trendlines. (Interdisciplinarity is nearing its 100th anniversary, dating from the earliest documented uses of the term in the early 20th century.)

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This collection of cases on a range of topics including heart disease, neuroscience, positive health, aging and HIV/AIDS illustrates collaborative research across the social, behavioral, and bio-medical sciences.

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Reflections by 14 teams linking health and social scientists identified key attributes which help or hinder success relating to:

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Three guides have been developed to share collective knowledge on how funders, researchers, and wider research partners can work together for better outcomes to address pressing societal challenges.

This collection of cases illustrates how to draw on disciplinary insights, as well as different approaches to integration. They are based on Repko’s model of the interdisciplinary research process (found in Interdisciplinary Research: Process and Theory, 2008; second edition 2012).

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This open-access book provides "practical guidance on how to conduct interdisciplinary research effectively with multi-member teams operating across departments and institutions." Chapters are:

Analysis of five large-scale case studies identified five key success factors, which all have implications for funding:

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