Collaborative Research is an effective way to study or evaluate academic programs, especially when goals are to strengthen those programs and guide their evolution, rather than judge the value of one program against others. Valuable products of such projects are new ideas for future development and increased support for their goals. Here are some helpful practices and tips:
Susan Frost is skilled at leading and managing collaborative research projects. She has also investigated the factors that contribute to its success. A leadership design that includes an executive group, and working group, and a coordinating investigator is well suited to collaborative research. In this design, the coordinating investigator might take responsibility for encouraging the participants to take the work forward in a timely and appropriate manner and forming bridges among the participating groups.