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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: […]
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. As part of their project on ‘Food System Innovation for Food Security’, Rodriguez and colleagues argued that evidence can be divided into three categories: axioms, propositions and observations. These […]
Purpose: To describe common problems that can occur with grading systems which may negate their usefulness in justifying evidence-based changes in policy and practice. Description: In order to summarise the state of research on particular topics, the quality and robustness of scientific results is often assessed using one of a number of so-called grading instruments […]
Purpose: To provide an understanding of confirmation bias and ways to avoid it, in order to support good decision making on complex problems. Description: Confirmation bias manifests as follows: (1) We accept a story uncritically if it confirms what we would like to be true and reject it if it contradicts what we would like to be true. (2) We accept a fact as data, even if it is an outlier which is not backed up by large-scale data. (3) We accept data as evidence, even if it is consistent with rival theories, without looking for evidence that supports one theory and rules out all rival theories...
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. Assistant Commissioner Paul Doyle from the Queensland Police Service in Australia reflects on the benefits and challenges of such partnerships and describes a change in recruiting policy as an […]
Purpose: To highlight that managing research collaborations requires the ability to deal with two categories of differences. First are differences that are relevant to successfully working together on a particular research problem. Second are incidental differences that have the potential to get in the way of developing a successful partnership. Description: The point of collaboration is […]
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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. Provides an analogy with marriage-like relationships, starting with “blind to the faults, keen on the charms”, moving on to dealing with differences and conflicts, accepting each other’s imperfections […]
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Purpose: To provide practical guidance on collaboration in research teams for: “Scientists participating in or leading a research team Researchers becoming involved in or building a research team Graduate courses and programs designed to focus on or integrate team science and interdisciplinary research into their learning and using it as a base text Faculty development […]
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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.” The survey tool is only available on application, but can be used for past, present […]
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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 disciplinary awareness and exchange, including assumptions, limitations and contributions of own and other disciplines processes of integration, including integration of […]
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