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Form a Team: How-to

How to approach forming and supporting a project team:

From the outset,

  • articulate goals as clearly as possible
  • identify areas where your project can benefit from expertise
    • educators?
    • evaluators?
    • researchers?
    • technologists?
    • database managers?
  • bring in partners early in the process


While planning with partners,

  • keep the project goals at the forefront
  • be honest and transparent about your goals
  • listen to the needs of other partners
  • maintain ongoing communication of needs and goals


When recruiting and retaining scientist partners,

  • provide resources they can't find elsewhere
    • the means for accessing useful data
    • a new network of contacts (other academics, stakeholders)
    • the prospect of long-term community presence
  • offer research support
    • mini-grants
    • credits for their undergraduate students who assist
    • possibility of lower institutional overhead on shared funding
  • support the education aspects of the project
    • work with scientist-educator liaison
    • reinforce the importance of their connection with volunteers


Technologist partners can help by...

  • revealing cost/resource boundaries
  • guiding practical use of available resources
  • using an iterative development process for prototype-testing

Have any How-to ideas for this step?  Soon you will be able to share them through our discussion forum.

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