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Doing Research in Real-World Settings: Tools and Techniques for Success

When:        June 20-22, 2018

Where:    Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Cost:            $250

Who:         Ideal for early-career researchers (including graduate students and post-docs) interested in doing research in real-world settings and for established investigators who wish to develop expertise in conducting research with communities, agencies, and organizations.

How:            If you are interested in attending or would like more information about the institute,
please click here.

What:       The Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research (BCTR) is offering a translational research institute in summer 2018. Over several decades, the BCTR has developed extensive expertise in conducting research in real-world settings and translating empirical findings into practice. The institute will provide intensive training, discussion, and reflection on overcoming typical challenges in conducting research in real-world settings like service agencies, health care institutions, community organizations, and other non-academic partners.

Each session of the Summer Institute will offer solutions to key challenges researchers face in doing translational research. All presenters will provide practical techniques, offering tools participants can use immediately in their own research projects. By keeping enrollment limited, we will offer personalized feedback, addressing issues and challenges participants bring from their own work.

The 2.5-day intensive will help researchers create effective strategies for

  • Building effective research relationships with agencies and organizations
  • Recruiting and retaining diverse community participants
  • Anticipating and dealing with Human Subjects challenges
  • Creating dissemination plans for maximum impact
  • Successful grant-writing for translational research
  • Publishing and career management issues in translational research

Why:         Researchers are increasingly conducting studies in community settings and applying for grants that require documentation of real-world impact. Funders frequently require components such as dissemination plans, stakeholder engagement, or community participation. To meet these new demands, researchers increasingly collaborate with non-academic groups and craft research questions and results that inform practice or policy. Specific, practical guidance in the best ways to conduct research in real-world settings, however, is lacking. This summer institute aims to fill that gap.

Anticipated presenters (partial list):

John Eckenrode
Professor of Human Development, Cornell University

Karl Pillemer
Hazel E. Reed Professor in the Department of Human Development, Cornell University

Cary Reid
Associate Professor of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College
Director, Cornell Translational Research Institute on Pain in Later Life

Jennifer Tiffany
Executive Director, Cornell Cooperative Extension NYC, Cornell University
Director, Outreach & Community Engagement, Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research, Cornell University

Elaine Wethington
Professor of Human Development and Sociology, Cornell University

Christopher Wildeman
Associate Professor of Policy Analysis and Management, Cornell University
Co-Director, National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect, Cornell University

Janis Whitlock
Director, Cornell Research Program on Self-Injury and Recovery, Cornell University
Research Scientist, Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research