Welcome to the Team Science Toolkit!
The Team Science Toolkit is a dynamic, interactive website to support team science and the Science of Team Science (SciTS) field. The Toolkit provides resources for investigators who are using team science approaches, as well as scholars and evaluators who are studying or evaluating the processes and outcomes of team science.
The centerpiece of the Toolkit is a community-driven repository of publicly available resources to which users can freely upload or download resources, to share key tools to facilitate and support team science approaches, as well as measures and instruments for studies or evaluations of team science.
For example, investigators who are using team science approaches will be able to upload and download such resources as model "prenuptial " agreements between scientists, university promotion and tenure policies that support team science, and tools to facilitate communication among team members from diverse scientific backgrounds.
Those who are studying or evaluation team science processes and outcomes will be able to upload and download measures and instruments such as the Research Orientation Scale, which assesses respondents' attitudes toward multi-disciplinary research, and the Collaborative Productivity Scale, which assesses respondents' perceptions of collaborative productivity, and influences on this outcome. The Toolkit also includes a bibliography of key publications relevant to team science to which users may add. In addition to uploading and downloading resources, users may also comment on any resource in the Toolkit.
Finally, the Toolkit includes social media features to foster knowledge sharing. In this space, users will find a periodic blog by a rotating group of experts in the SciTS field, addressing cutting-edge practical, conceptual, and methodological issues in team science. Each blog will have a linked discussion board where users can join the discussion. Other social networking features include a user-generated database of team science experts interested in networking with colleagues; a listserv (SciTSlist@list.nih.gov); and a bulletin board where users can share information about news and events, job listings, and funding opportunities. In 2012, look for moderated user groups devoted to discussing key practical and methodological topics related to team science, and studying team science.
Why develop the Team Science Toolkit?
As is the case for many emerging areas of science, the SciTS field is moving through an evolutionary process. Early efforts to develop a new area of science often focus on defining concepts and establishing taxonomies. They then typically move into measurement development, correlational studies and case studies. This early work establishes a foundation for the emerging field with respect to terminology and fundamental knowledge, and enables more advanced hypothesis generation and the use of more sophisticated methodologies.
In the SciTS field, this work has been done in the context of multiple disciplines, including but not limited to Public Health, Business, Communications, and Psychology, each with its own disciplinary theories, methodological approaches, and conceptual frameworks, as well as conferences and publication outlets.
The National Cancer Institute (NCI) aims to accelerate the evolutionary progress of the SciTS field, and the development of a single unified SciTS field, by supporting communication and interchange among the diverse scientific communities working to move the field forward. The Team Science Toolkit supports this goal by fostering information sharing, and consolidating knowledge, among investigators interested in the SciTS field from across varied disciplines, and among team science scholars and practitioners.
The Success of the Toolkit Depends on You!
All of the resources in the Toolkit will be user-generated. This model will ensure that the Toolkit will perpetually reflect emerging priorities and intellectual developments in the SciTS field, and include the most up-to-date resources, and commentaries.
We invite you to discover what resources are currently available in the Toolkit, and contribute resources to share with your colleagues! Get into the conversation by posting on one of our bulletin boards, entering your information in the expert directory, or sharing your comments on resources in the Toolkit.
We look forward to your participation!
The Science of Team Science (SciTS) Team
National Cancer Institute
Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences
Behavioral Research Program
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If you are interested in contributing a column, please contact Amanda Vogel at Amanda.Vogel@nih.gov.