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Measuring Collaboration and Transdisciplinary Integration in Team Science

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Masse L, Moser R, Stokols D, Taylor B, Marcus S, Morgan G, Hall K, Croyle R, Trochim W. Measuring Collaboration and Transdisciplinary Integration in Team Science. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2008;35(2S):S151-160.

Purpose: As the science of team science evolves, the development of measures that assess important processes related to working in transdisciplinary teams is critical. Therefore, the purpose of this paper is to present the psychometric properties of scales measuring collaborative processes and transdisciplinary integration. Methods: Two hundred-sixteen researchers and research staff participating in the Transdisciplinary Tobacco Use Research Centers (TTURC) Initiative completed the TTURC researcher survey. Confirmatory-factor analyses were used to verify the hypothesized factor structures. Descriptive data pertinent to these scales and their associations with other constructs were included to further examine the properties of the scales. Results: Overall, the hypothesized-factor structures, with some minor modifications, were validated. A total of four scales were developed, three to assess collaborative processes (satisfaction with the collaboration, impact of collaboration, trust and respect) and one to assess transdisciplinary integration. All scales were found to have adequate internal consistency (i.e., Cronbach’s were all 0.70); were correlated with intermediate markers of collaborations (e.g., the collaboration and transdisciplinary-integration scales were positively associated with the perception of a center’s making good progress in creating new methods, new science and models, and new interventions); and showed some ability to detect group differences. Conclusions: This paper provides valid tools that can be utilized to examine the underlying processes of team science—an important step toward advancing the science of team science.



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Journal article


team science, transdisciplinary, measures, collaboration, integration

Addresses these goal(s):

  • Learn about the field of team science: history, theory and concepts
  • Establish or maintain effective team science endeavors
  • Provide institutional support for team science
  • Conduct research on/evaluate team science

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Resource created by Amanda Vogel on 1/28/2011 10:51:42 PM.

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