Enhancing Collaboration: Fostering An Evidence-Based Approach to Improving CTSA Network Capacity

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 (All day) to Wednesday, February 27, 2019 (All day)
Event Details: 

February 26-27, 2019
11:00 AM to 5:00 PM EST

Registration is now open!

  • Standard registration ($100) will end February 17, 2019
  • Late registratino ($250) will end February 24, 2019
  • The sooner you register, the better - To encourage participation from a wide range of CTSAs, we will reimburse the registration cost for the first registrant from each CTSA hub. 

Workshop Agenda
Tuesday, February 26, 2019
11:00 AM EST  Start/Welcome
11:10 AM EST  Overview
11:30 AM EST  Initial Problem Formulation
12:30 PM EST  Lunch Break
  1:30 PM EST  Review Challenge Areas
  2:00 PM EST  Develop Initial Ideas
  3:00 PM EST  Break
  3:30 PM EST  Feedback
  4:45 PM EST  Plan for Wednesday
  5:00 PM EST  End

Wednesday, February 27, 2019
11:00 AM EST  Start/Welcome
11:20 AM EST  Soapboxes
11:30 AM EST  Discuss Comments
12:00 PM EST  Lunch Breask
  1:00 PM EST  Make Connections
  1:30 PM EST  Discuss Connections
  2:30 PM EST  Break
  3:00 PM EST  Final Revisions to Ideas
  4:00 PM EST  Final Presentations
  4:30 PM EST  Closing Comments
  5:00 PM EST  End

What is the rationale for the 2019 Creative Scientist Workshop on Enhancing Collaboration: An Evidence-Based Approach to Improving Network Capacity? Collaboration and team science are at the core of the NCATS/CTSA mission, and the consortium has developed numerous candidate “best practices” for fostering collaboration, building better teams, understanding team process, and assessing the process and outcomes of team science. However, the evidence supporting these “best practices” is weak in comparison to the evidence standards we commonly employ as clinical and translational scholars, in part due to the type of  study designs and methods used to evaluate current practices. The time has come to shift the paradigm from reliance on case studies and consensus reports to advance the science of team science (SciTS) through evaluation of efficacy, effectiveness, cost-effectiveness, and acceptability of promising approaches and methods.

What are the objectives of the Workshop? In brief, we aim to lay the foundation for that next generation of SciTS. Of course, we will need to move thoughtfully but efficiently in exploring the problem space and generating and combining promising ideas if we are to create early-stage sketches of proposals for funded white papers, follow-up meetings, and research grants. To this end, we will use pre-workshop activities to set the stage and employ excellent facilitators and technology to maximize progress during the meeting.

Who should attend? This workshop is for those who want to be part of building the next generation of the science of team science, including rigorous evaluation of promising team science interventions and methods. This is not the workshop to figure out how you can be a better collaborator, though you may learn a bit about that along the way. Attendees will include, but not be limited to, the following:

  • Scholars with a background and/or interest in building the science of team science.
  • Participants with candidate “best practices” and conceptual frameworks to share and subject to evaluation.
  • Representatives of agencies that fund team science and collaboration efforts – and they need us to ensure that their money is being best spent.
  • Methodologists in assessment, clinical trials, and D&I, as well as collaboration technologies from other fields.
  • Finally, we welcome team science skeptics (but not trolls) who will help set a higher bar and increase the impact of the products of the workshop.

The Creative Scientist Workshop is not a standard conference. The facilitated workshop format employs a creative problem-solving approach now being used by NSF, NIH and NCATS to catalyze scientific innovation. As a participant, you will:

  • Learn state-of-the-art frameworks and approaches from throughout the CTSA network
  • Share your own experiences and ideas
  • Form new collaborative teams around promising, innovative projects and proposals
  • Advance the evaluation and dissemination of best practices in collaboration

This year we are taking the bold step of going 100% virtual, so you can attend from anywhere. Using a suite of videoconferencing and collaboration tools, we will keep the best of workshops (including stimulating talks, small-group interactions, and the opportunity to 'chat' and catch up with other attendees). We will get rid of the need to spend large amounts of time and money on transportation and lodging, and reduce the carbon footprint of the workshop. 

If you have questions, contact Erin O'Byrne with the Clinical and Translational Science Institute.

Research reported in this program was supported by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences of the National Institutes of Health under award number UL1TR001412 to the University at Buffalo. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the NIH.

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