Connecting Research Methods and Successful Teams
Love H, Cross J. Connecting Research Methods and Successful Teams. Oral presentation at 2017 SciTS Conference. Clearwater Beach, FL. Jun 13, 2017. Evaluating and Enhancing Team Processes. Online at: http://www.scienceofteamscience.org/2017-agenda.
What makes a successful team? What is ‘success?” Often
we look at metrics like publications, grants, or invention
patents to determine if a team was successful. These
are important measures of success and certainly help
us know if a team is successful by most research and
institutional standards. However, metrics like these may
take years to gather. What if you only have six months
to know if a team is ‘successful?’ What if you need to
know if the team is engaging in a meaningful way to
have a longer-term impact?
To solve this problem, Wooten et al. proposed three
different types of evaluations: outcome, process, and
developmental (2014). Most evaluations are outcome evaluations where metrics like publications and
grants and collected. For two-years we followed eight
transdisciplinary research teams and gathered mesolevel
data and for a process evaluation. According to
Wooten et al, process evaluation study how the team
interacts, team meetings, and engagement (2014).
More specifically, we have used social network analysis,
participant observation, coding meetings, conducting
focus groups, studying historical publication data, and
interviewing members of teams.
In this paper, we will provide an overview our mixed
methods meso-level data collection highlighting three
research methods: social network analysis, coding
for evening-turn taking, and participant observation.
We will provide results which demonstrate how
mixed-methods meso-level data is used in a process
evaluation of teams. Further, we will explain how
positive results in a process evaluation have larger
and longer-term macro-level and outcome evaluation
Finally, our refined methods in our process evaluation
has helped our institutions coach, identify, and support
successful teams earlier in the teaming process.
Allowing us to maximize budgets and institutional
support for our teams to develop new and innovative
Type of Publication:
scits 2017 conference, presentation, research methods, successful teams
Addresses these goal(s):
- Learn about the field of team science: history, theory and concepts
- Conduct research on/evaluate team science
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