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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. After contrast is made with conventional social science, participants are left with: […]
Purpose: To provide a process for describing and further assessing propositions, which are “proposals on best practice that have a solid evidence base but remain contested.” Description: The development of propositions has two phases: an initial phase, where “a small group of researchers and practitioners define a set of evidence-based insights and counterview for a […]
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...
Purpose: To improve research collaborations by providing an understanding of the importance of two kinds of differences among partners, as well as providing ways of dealing with those differences. Description: The point of a research collaboration is to harness the different expertise and attributes of various partners in order to develop a comprehensive understanding of […]
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Purpose: To provide practical guidance on collaboration in research teams. Description: The Collaboration and Team Science Field Guide (now in its second edition) is divided into 13 chapters with supportive case studies, covering: Engaging in team science: What is a scientific research team? Preparing yourself for team science: The value of self-reflection; understanding personality types; […]
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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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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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Purpose: To help a research or policy-making group come to terms with the feedback dynamics of the system which characterises the problem they are interested in. The intent is to learn just enough about the way that feedback operates in the system-of-interest, that they can identify and explain its main effects. The aim is to […]
This video describes how a complexity science based toolbox, especially different types of modelling, is used in complex multiple use environments, such as the coastal zones of Australia, to examine different scenarios for sustainable fishing options. The video starts by describing elements of complexity such as operating at scales from minute organisms up to areas […]

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