Team Science Approach to Developing Consensus on Research Good Practices for Practice-Based Research Networks: A Case Study

Clin Transl Sci. 2015 Dec;8(6):632-7. doi: 10.1111/cts.12363. Epub 2015 Nov 25.

Abstract

Using peer learning strategies, seven experienced PBRNs working in collaborative teams articulated procedures for PBRN Research Good Practices (PRGPs). The PRGPs is a PBRN-specific resource to facilitate PBRN management and staff training, to promote adherence to study protocols, and to increase validity and generalizability of study findings. This paper describes the team science processes which culminated in the PRGPs. Skilled facilitators used team science strategies and methods from the Technology of Participation (ToP®), and the Consensus Workshop Method to support teams to codify diverse research expertise in practice-based research. The participatory nature of "sense-making" moved through identifiable stages. Lessons learned include (1) team input into the scope of the final outcome proved vital to project relevance; (2) PBRNs with diverse domains of research expertise contributed broad knowledge on each topic; and (3) ToP® structured facilitation techniques were critical for establishing trust and clarifying the "sense-making" process.

Keywords: facilitated consensus process; good practices; practice-based research networks; research practices; sense-making; team science.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Cooperative Behavior
  • Goals
  • Humans
  • Learning
  • Models, Organizational
  • Peer Group
  • Primary Health Care / organization & administration*
  • Research Design
  • Translational Medical Research / organization & administration*