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    [MUSIC PLAYING][Fostering Collaborative Partnerships,A Strategy for Research Success]

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    MARGIE JOHNSON: I'm Margie Johnson.I'm the Business Intelligence Coordinator for Metro NashvillePublic Schools.[Margie Johnson, Business Intelligence Coordinator,Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools]I'm an adjunct professor for the University of Phoenixand a guest lecturer for the PostdocMasterclass for the University of Cambridge.I have 21 years of experience in education.My main focus has been around change management

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    MARGIE JOHNSON [continued]: and implementation.In the last four years, I've had the opportunityto partner with the Regional EducationalLaboratory for the Appalachia region,which is one of 10 regional educational labs that'sfunded by the US Department of Education.For the past four years, we have been collaboratingto implement collaborative inquiry data use practices

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    MARGIE JOHNSON [continued]: throughout my organization.I want to share some lessons learned from this researchpartnership, because the success of most research,particularly in social sciences, hinges upon developingcollaborative partnerships.So this tutorial focuses on four tipsfor developing successful collaborative partnerships.

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    MARGIE JOHNSON [continued]: To help you remember these tips, think of REST--relevance, engagement, systematic approach,and transparency.So let's start with the R for relevancy.First, you need to identify your audience.By identifying your audience, you

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    MARGIE JOHNSON [continued]: will be able to conduct the needs assessment to really knowwhat research will benefit them the most.By addressing their needs, then the research will be relevant,and they will want to partner with youfor the extensive amount of time that's requiredwhen conducting research.Most research occurs over an extended period of time.

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    MARGIE JOHNSON [continued]: To ensure that your partners are engaged throughout the process,don't just include them in the data collection portion,but include them as soon as possible.For the Regional Educational Laboratory partnership,we were involved not only in collecting the databut in developing the evaluation plan for the partnership.

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    MARGIE JOHNSON [continued]: So don't just engage them in the data collection part,but also engage them in developingthe theoretical framework and methodology.One of the key skills that you'llwant to brush up on for this phaseis facilitation skills, because through facilitation skillsis how you're going to engage your audience.

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    MARGIE JOHNSON [continued]: If you check out the MNPS Collaborative Inquiry Toolkit,we have some tips and tools there to help you brush upon your facilitation skills.Two of the skills that will readily help youis active listening and paraphrasing.So make sure that when you're engaging with your partners

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    MARGIE JOHNSON [continued]: that you truly are listening to them.And one of the ways that you can actively listenis that second tip of paraphrasing,so make sure you paraphrase back what itis that they're saying to you.The third tip is systematic approach.For our Collaborative Inquiry work with the RegionalEducational Lab, we developed a systematic approach

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    MARGIE JOHNSON [continued]: for data collection.The systematic approach included interview protocols and Excelspreadsheets for data collection.I had never seen Excel spreadsheets used this way,and it was really nice to have dropdown menus for filling outthe information as we interviewedsurvey participants.

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    MARGIE JOHNSON [continued]: And it would create a dashboard in the background.This systematic approach really helped with the data collectionprocess.And the last tip is T for transparency.When working with partners, it's importantthat you are transparent with them,that you share the research and information with them anytime

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    MARGIE JOHNSON [continued]: that they want access to it.For the Collaborative Inquiry project,we had an online portal where all meeting minutesand data were posted as it was collected.We also developed the Collaborative Inquiry Toolkit,which is now available, and that's

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    MARGIE JOHNSON [continued]: where we host the information at this time.The other key part of being transparentwas regular communication, because not everyonewill go to a website or an online portal.But on a regular basis, we would send outemails to key stakeholders and partnersto ensure that they got the communication that they need,

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    MARGIE JOHNSON [continued]: and then also asking them for feedbackto help improve what we were doing.Remember to rest assured that youwill be successful with these tips of relevancy, engagement,systematic approach, and transparency.[MUSIC PLAYING]

Video Info

Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd

Publication Year: 2018

Video Type:Tutorial

Methods: Doing research, Collaborative research, Researcher skills, Student success

Keywords: developing relationships; maintaining relationships

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Margie Johnson introduces the REST framework for ensuring effectiveness in collaborative research relationships.

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Fostering Collaborative Partnerships: A Strategy for Research Success

Margie Johnson introduces the REST framework for ensuring effectiveness in collaborative research relationships.

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