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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 […]
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”. Their strengths are that they are systematic, time effective, accessible, objective and allow clear communication. […]
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 […]
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. Whether a difference is useful or problematic depends on the particulars of the collaboration. There […]
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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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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. The rationale is: “People often assume that since they share an interest in the same research area and have complementary skills and areas of expertise, […]
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