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Researchers: Work with us!

March 30, 2018

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photo of researcher at a desk in a computer lab

NDACAN Summer Research Institute attendee Yahayra Michel Smith working with a dataset

By Sheri Hall for the BCTR

Calling all Cornell social science researchers: The Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research offers a broad range of opportunities for scholars interested in conducting translational research.

For faculty members interested in translational research, BCTR experts can strengthen a grant proposal, offer training and technical support, and help to set up collaborative relationships with faculty members. For experienced researchers, the BCTR offers access to data sets and research participants that can increase the likelihood your project will receive funding.

“When we think about translational research in the BCTR, we focus on assisting social scientists who want to move their theories, models, and methods into real-world settings,” said Karl Pillemer, director of the BCTR. “We can help them shortcut a lengthy sample recruitment process because of our access to diverse vulnerable populations. The BCTR also has an unusual array of data sets available for secondary analysis, including evaluation studies that address a range of human problems. And we can assist researchers in thinking out dissemination plans for their proposals.”

The BCTR can also open doors for researchers who wish to connect with the statewide network of county Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) associations.

Many associations now have “Research Navigators,” who have been trained in research methodologies, ethical considerations, and participant recruitment strategies. Many social scientists at Cornell have found that partnerships with Cooperative Extension educators help them to identify emerging needs and research questions from people on the ground in the communities across New York State.  CCE educators also provide invaluable help in recruiting participants for Cornell research projects.

“A great example is the state 4-H Youth Development Program,” Pillemer said. “Any researcher recruiting youth from elementary through high school can find assistance in recruiting diverse participants in this age range.”

Karl Pillemer (HDEV) in conversation with 87-year old alumna Helen Rosenblatt for The Legacy Project: Older Americans offer tips and advice on surviving and thriving.

Research participant Helene Rosenblatt with Karl Pillemer (used with permission)

In addition to the 4-H program, the BCR has cultivated relationships with an array of organizations that provide access to broad segments of the population in New York State, including thousands of low-income families who participate in nutrition programs, military families, more than 300,000 members of senior centers in New York City, and more. These “research ready” organizations can facilitate recruitment of hard-to-reach populations.

In addition, the BCTR shares data collected through more than 20 projects that span the life course, offering a unique opportunity for secondary analysis. The data sets include 4-H participant data, the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data Achieve, data from parents of children who self-injure, surveys of nursing home staff and workers in residential youth facilities, and many others.

“Since it began 7 years ago, a core mission of the BCTR has been to make it easier for Cornell researchers to conduct translational research involving agencies, organizations, and communities. We have now organized a set of services to make it even easier for faculty, graduate students, and other researchers to collaborate with us.”

To find out more, see our For Researchers page.

One Comment

April 02, 2018

I am interested in research and much more interested in scholarship grants. How I wish I can apply for scholarship and can start social science researches.

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