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What is the Science of Team Science?

The science of team science (SciTS) is a rapidly emerging field focused on understanding and enhancing the processes and outcomes of team science. A key goal of SciTS is to learn more about factors that maximize the efficiency, productivity, and effectiveness of team science initiatives.

A diverse group of scholars contributes to SciTS. They bring conceptual, historical, and methodological approaches from a wide variety of disciplines and fields, including public health, management, communications, and psychology. They have created measures to assess team science processes and outcomes, and to influence contextual and environmental conditions. Applying these measures can help researchers evaluate team science, improve the quality of ongoing initiatives, and develop best practices.

Major areas of inquiry in SciTS include:

  • Methods and models for the study of team science
  • The structure and organization of team science, particularly the collaborative processes moderated by a variety of contextual environmental factors
  • Team characteristics and dynamics, such as the elements of effective leadership, ideal team composition, and communication styles
  • Design and outcomes of training programs to support team science
  • Translation of team science findings to practice and policy
  • Scientific and societal outcomes of team science such as scientific discoveries and innovations, knowledge dissemination, and long-term public health impacts.

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