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The Team Science Toolkit: spotlight on new content and functionality

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Vogel A, Hall K, Stipelman B, Tsakraklides S, Garner D, Grant E and the Team Science Toolkit Editorial Board.. The Team Science Toolkit: spotlight on new content and functionality. Poster presentation at Science of Team Science 2015 Conference. Bethesda, MD. Jun 4, 2015.

Are you an investigator who works in teams? Are you a SciTS scholar who studies science teams? Are you an academic administrator or organizational leader who would like to create an organizational climate that fosters success in team science? Are you a funder who would like to better support or facilitate team science? Then the Team Science Toolkit has resources to help you! The Team Science Toolkit ( is an online one-stop-shop for resources to help you engage in, lead, facilitate, support, evaluate or study team science. It capitalizes on the collective knowledge and resources of all members of the team science community to create a user-generated knowledge base of resources and information. Anyone can upload or download Toolkit resources, creating a continuously evolving knowledge store that represents the current “state of the science” in the SciTS field. The Toolkit currently includes over 2000 resources. The Toolkit offers three main types of resources: practical tools to help engage in, facilitate, or support team science; measures to study or evaluate team science; and a bibliography that integrates resources from the wide range of disciplines generating scholarship relevant to success in team science. The Toolkit also includes a popular expert blog and a vibrant linked listserv (SCITSLIST), both of which leverage the expertise of the SciTS community. The Toolkit was created by the National Cancer Institute, and debuted at the SciTS Conference in spring 2011. Since then, new content and functionality have been added each year. This poster highlights three key areas of the Toolkit that have been very popular, and supported the user experience in the last year: (1) practical tools for team science, (2) Editors’ Picks, and (3) expert blogs. The Toolkit’s practical tools for team science have been generated by investigators, administrators, funding agencies, and SciTS scholars. Practical tools available on the Toolkit include: pre-collaboration agreements, operating manuals for cross-institutional collaborations, quality improvement self-assessment surveys, guidelines for translational research partnerships, model promotion and tenure guidelines recognizing team science, and more. The Editors’ Picks functionality was created in the last year to help Toolkit users navigate the large and growing set of resources on the Toolkit. The Toolkit’s editorial board of fourteen leading SciTS scholars and practitioners have each selected up to 20 resources they recommend as “Editors’ Picks”, serving as a sort of ratings system. The expert blogs are written by a set of hand selected experts who are using team science in the field, or studying team science. They represent a wide range of expertise and interests, such as virtual collaboration, interdisciplinary collaboration, management of large and complex collaborations, open science, and more. Overall, the Toolkit aims to integrate and unify the diverse contributions to our growing knowledge about effective practices for team science, and to make this knowledge broadly available to the wide range of stakeholders interested in team science. By doing so, the Toolkit can reduce unnecessary replication of SciTS research and practical tools for team science, and stimulate research and practice in new directions, ultimately helping to maximize the quality of the science produced by science teams.



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toolkit, editors' picks, blogs

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  • Learn about the field of team science: history, theory and concepts
  • Establish or maintain effective team science endeavors
  • Enhance team performance, interactions, and attitudes
  • Provide training for team science to team members or students
  • Conduct research on/evaluate team science

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Resource created by Amanda Vogel on 10/7/2015 12:12:34 PM.

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