Reading and resources from CSCCE to inspire your community-building projects
In recent weeks we’ve enjoyed witnessing several client and community projects blossom. Together, they showcase some of the many ways that CSCCE supports STEM community managers and community-engaged organizations.
So, in this month’s newsletter, we’re highlighting our detailed write-ups in the spirit of making the breadth and depth of community-building more visible. If you’re embarking on a new community-focused project or seeking support with an existing one, we hope you’ll find something useful across our growing range of free-to-access programming and resources, paid trainings, and consultancy work.
Earlier this month, we co-hosted an in-person event at the Michael J Fox Foundation in New York City. It was the culmination of several months of member research, online platform development, and strategic program design, and celebrated the launch of a new champions program designed to grow and maintain a community of researchers working with Parkinson’s Disease data.
The MJFF Data Community Innovators in New York City at the DCoP kick-off meeting.
Photo credit: Maya Sanghvi/CSCCE.
Community champions programs are a powerful way of empowering members of a community to take on the maintenance, growth, and/or evolution of a community. Prior to our work developing MJFF’s new champions program, we also worked with rOpenSci and the National Microbiome Data Collaborative to design and establish new champions programs – each with distinct goals and strategies.
During a recent conference session we attended, which was hosted by rOpenSci’s community manager Yanina Bellini Saibene, we discussed not only the power of champions programs but how to quantify that power through a deeper understanding of their impacts on individuals and the community as a whole.
Different ways community champions can impact community success.
Image taken from: Center for Scientific Collaboration and Community Engagement. (2021) The CSCCE Community Participation Model – Exploring the Champion mode. Woodley and Pratt doi: 10.5281/zenodo.5275270
Planning for successful multi-stakeholder collaborations
As collaborations become increasingly complex – spanning different regions and different expertise, so managing these interactions thoughtfully becomes evermore critical to their success.
Recently, we’ve been working with several organizations on a new project funded by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) and led by 2i2c to create a collaborative cloud infrastructure service for bioscience researchers in Latin America and Africa. In April, we facilitated the beginning of this project by developing and distributing a team readiness assessment survey and sharing what we learned at a hybrid kick-off meeting. The process made visible areas of shared understanding and excitement for the work ahead, and also highlighted things that needed to be addressed to ensure the project stayed on track (e.g., curating expectations and norms into a team playbook).
Also in community news this month – it was our pleasure to host our annual mid-year social and curated networking forum for our members. And, following the success of last month’s Community Tools Trial of the online platform Discourse, we’re planning a follow up series of events focused on open-source community tools (let us know if you’d be interested in contributing).
Community Manager of Data Resources – The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research
The Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF) is seeking top talent for its Community Manager, Research Data Resources position. The Foundation takes a holistic approach to investing in Parkinson’s research, providing intellectual and financial capital to accelerate discovery and therapeutic development. As part of this strategy, MJFF collaborates with the researcher community to collect, distribute and promote the accessibility of a multitude of research data resources. As Community Manager, you will be focused on fostering an inclusive, online community of research data users who can more easily work with each other using data that have been generated through MJFF-funded projects in the search for a cure, treatments and interventions for people living with Parkinson’s Disease.
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