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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. After contrast is made with conventional social science, participants are left with: […]
Implementation science is based on observations and evidence accumulated since the 1960s. Even at this early stage, it is becoming clear there is a continuum of research, evaluation, and theorizing. One end of the continuum is marked by basic research and the other by applied research. Basic research is investigator/interest driven, focuses first on internal […]
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 deal with complex real-world problems. I2S has three domains: 1) synthesis of disciplinary […]
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.) The overview then weighs implications of common […]
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Reflections by 14 teams linking health and social scientists identified key attributes which help or hinder success relating to: principal investigators, shared starting point, role of language, and role of the institution. These include factors internal to the team such as personal characteristics, serendipitous encounters, status and language differences, as well as factors external to […]
Reflections by 14 teams linking health and social scientists identified key attributes which help or hinder success relating to:
  1. principal investigators,
  2. shared starting point,
  3. role of language, and
  4. role of the institution.
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. A guidance note for research funders lays out seven key challenges and suggests ways forward from the pre-call stage to evaluation of completed research projects (see reference […]
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: Signposts for interdisciplinary travellers: introduction and some tips for reading this book Departure point: our approach to interdisciplinarity Planning the expedition: designing interdisciplinary research projects Making the expedition a success: managing interdisciplinary […]
Analysis of five large-scale case studies identified five key success factors, which all have implications for funding: start building integration and coherence early, identify level or levels at which integration will occur and link levels, give weight to leadership capacity and integrative vision, promote and support collaborative working and integration, ensure learning is embedded in […]
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Ten aspects of interdisciplinary research are covered, with the guides providing easy access to best practices for a) developing, reviewing, funding and evaluating proposals, b) supervising PhDs, as well as c) various aspects of research management. A link to a PDF file of each guide can be found on the following webpages: Short Guide to […]

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