Dynamic Network Collaboration Study (029)


Study Information

Research shows that network collaboration is an influential mechanism to advance science and the implementation of evidence-based practices.

The NORC at The University of Chicago, in partnership with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, is conducting a longitudinal study to measure how collaborations and partnerships between researchers and practitioners within the JCOIN network change over time. The study will collect annual data over five years via online surveys and will be supplemented by automated web scraping to capture members’ publications, chapters, books, presentations, reports, and grants. Capturing changes in JCOIN members’ collaboration, productivity, publications, and grant activities will offer NIDA an opportunity to understand how collaborations within the JCOIN network improve when supporting a large network of substance use researchers and practitioners.

Study Team

PI: Bruce Taylor, Kayo Fujimoto

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Study Aims

• Assess what collaborations are formed through JCOIN, including types, number and strength of collaborations relationships, and how does that relate to scientific productivity

• Examine what characterizes a collaboration network and whether a collaboration network is centralized by or clustered around a few investigators who have certain characteristics

• Examine how the JCOIN initiative helps to create a collaborative network that leads to greater collaboration and stronger partnerships within and across JCOIN study sites, and how does that relate to productivity

• Identify key moderators and mediators of the relationship between collaboration and productivity and the role of JCOIN in that relationship

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