DARE to be different? A novel approach for analysing diversity in collaborative research projects

Bone, Frederique, Hopkins, Michael M, Rafols, Ismael, Molas-Gallart, Jordi, Tang, Puay, Davey, Gail and Carr, Antony M (2020) DARE to be different? A novel approach for analysing diversity in collaborative research projects. Research Evaluation, 29 (3). pp. 300-315. ISSN 0958-2029

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Growth in collaborative research raises difficulties for those tasked with research evaluation, particularly in situations where outcomes are slow to emerge. This article presents the ‘Diversity Approach to Research Evaluation’ (DARE) as a novel way to assess how researchers engaged in knowledge creation and application work together as teams. DARE provides two important insights: first, it reveals the differences in background and experience between individual team members that can make research collaboration both valuable and challenging; second, DARE provides early insights into how team members are working together. DARE achieves these insights by analysing team diversity and cohesiveness in five dimensions, building on Boschma’s multi-dimensional concept of proximity. The method we propose combines narratives, maps, and indicators to facilitate the study of research collaboration. The article introduces the DARE method and pilots an initial operationalization through the study of two grant-funded biomedical research projects led by researchers in the UK. Suggestions for further development of the approach are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: collaborative research, team science, diversity, biomedical research, network mapping, quantitative-qualitative analysis
Schools and Departments: Brighton and Sussex Medical School > Global Health and Infection
School of Life Sciences > Sussex Centre for Genome Damage and Stability
University of Sussex Business School > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
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Depositing User: Mx Elements Account
Date Deposited: 01 Jul 2020 09:07
Last Modified: 04 Feb 2021 10:30
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/92229

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