Enhancing Collaboration: From Art to Science

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Published November 27, 2018

We're taking the work out of workshops by going 100% virtual, allowing access from anywhere!

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

Date: February 26-27, 2019 Time: 11:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. EST

Registration now open!

  • Standard registration ($100) will end February 17, 2019
  • Late registration ($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.

CTSAs registered (last updated February 26, 2019)

  • Case Western Reserve University CTSC
  • Duke University CTSI
  • George Washington University Clinical Research and Leadership
  • Georgia CTSA
  • Indiana CTSI
  • Mayo Clinic CCATS
  • Medical College of Wisconsin CTSI
  • Medical University of South Carolina SCTR
  • Northwestern University NUCATS
  • Ohio State University CCTS
  • Oregon Health and Science University OCTRI
  • Pennsylvania State University CTSI
  • Scripps Clinical Research Institute
  • University at Buffalo CTSI
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham CCTS
  • University of California Irvine ICTS
  • University of California Los Angeles CTSI
  • University of Cincinnati CCTST
  • University of Iowa ICTS
  • University of Miami CTSI
  • University of Michigan MICHR
  • University of Minnesota CTSI
  • University of Nebraska CCTR
  • University of North Carolina TraCS Institute
  • University of Pennsylvania ITMAT
  • University of Rochester Medical Center CTSI
  • University of Southern California SC CTSI
  • University of Utah CCTS
  • University of Virginia THRIV
  • University of Washington ITHS
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison ICTR
  • Virginia Commonwealth University Wright Center CTSA
  • Weill Cornell Medicine CTSC

Pre-Workshop Agenda

In order for the workshop to focus on creating sketches of new projects, proposals, and other products that lay the foundation for the next generation of the science of team science, we have a series four of pre-workshop microlabs and opportunities for randomized coffee trials.

Date Time Title and Presenter
Wednesday, February 6, 2019 2:00-3:00 p.m. EST

"Challenges and Opportunities in Team Science"
Kara Hall, PhD

Director, Science of Team Science (SciTS)
Director, Theories Initiative in Health Behaviors Research Branch
National Cancer Institute

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 2:00-3:00 p.m. EST

"Challenges with Bridging Knowledge Domains"
Michael O'Rourke, PhD

Director, Toolbox Dialogue Initiative
Professor, Department of Philosophy
Michigan State University

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 1:00-2:00 p.m. EST

"NCATS View of the Future of Collaboration"
Christopher Austin, MD

Director, National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences
National Institutes of Health

Tuesday, February 26, 2019  

"Taking a Treatment Development Perspective on Evaluating and Disseminating 'Best Practices' in Team Science"
Larry Hawk, PhD

Director, Creative Scientist Workshop, UB Clinical and Translational Science Institute
Professor, Department of Psychology, College of Arts and Sciences
University at Buffalo

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 Break

  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

Workshop Planning Committee

Planning Committee

What is the rationale?

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?

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.