A new hybrid form of activity
By Toss Gascoigne
One interesting initiative is the US’s Research and Practice Collaboratory, which goes beyond a traditional ‘cooperation’ approach to a hybrid partnership model aimed at getting real change on the ground.
A recent workshop in Washington with AAAS (the American Association for the Advancement in Science) and CAISE (Center for the Advancement of Informal STEM Education) helped science communication teams build research–practice partnerships, and was heavily over-subscribed.
Bronwyn Bevan, from the University of Washington, writes:
“There’s a literature that differentiates between partnerships and collaborations … In one there is ‘cooperation’ (which can be on going and sincere and mutually beneficial, but doesn’t entail really any fundamental change in what one does). In the other, over time, you get a new hybrid form of activity where what people do (what they question, how they investigate, what they do with the results) shifts through joint work together.”
“In the world of health sciences research and more recently improvement sciences research, the argument is that findings are not being taken up/put into practice using the more traditional model and we need to think about more hybrid (partnership) forms of research to get real change on the ground. We have a book being published in June with many examples.”