Trainings

CSCCE provides a range of training options and accessible resources to support scientific community professionals and organizations working with, or funding, scientific communities.

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Who do we work with?

We support individual community managers in devising and attaining their community objectives. We train groups of community-focused staff, such as program managers, in cohort-based learning environments. And we work with senior-level stakeholders on strategy development and delivery – including event planning.

Our major clients are scientific associations, research collaborations, and organizations that provide scholarly communications infrastructure. We also have worked to plan and launch new scientific communities of practice focusing on specific topics, for example, diversity equity and inclusion and environmental data science.  

How can we support you?

Our training formats range from hour-long webinars to multi-day workshops, and we are skilled at delivering these trainings online and in-person. There are a variety of ways in which we can support your work, including:

Cohort-based trainings

Ideal for individual community managers. 

E.g., if you’re a scientific community manager looking for professional development support in a supportive and collaborative group-based learning environment.

If you are managing scientific communities and interested in professional development opportunities to enhance your work and build your network, you might be interested in the following cohort-based trainings:

Custom trainings

Ideal for groups of community-focused staff.

E.g., if you’re a senior manager, research development manager or funder looking for a specific training for program/community staff, research teams, or grantees.

CSCCE regularly adapts and extends training materials to meet specific needs in the form of custom trainings for program staff, research center directors, or members of a community of practice. Please get in touch about your specific needs.

Some examples of trainings that we’ve delivered include:

  • A six-workshop series on building out community playbooks for program managers.
  • A three-workshop series on creating community roadmaps for regional community leads.
  • A one-day workshop on conflict resolution for research center directors.
  • A one-day workshop for new grantees of collaborative projects exploring three key considerations for large-scale collaborations using our “Getting SET to scale” framework.
  • A one-day workshop exploring technology choices for collaborative infrastructure for leaders of pilot research projects.
  • A one-day workshop on building out a community champions program to support FAIR data practices.
  • A 90-minute workshop on the skillsets of community leaders
  • A two-day workshop on systems thinking, culture change and organizational structure.
  • A half-day workshop on identifying core values and where there may be challenges in realizing them.

Consultancy

Ideal for senior-level stakeholders.

E.g., if you’re a community director or senior manager looking for help with planning or launching a specific project.

You can also hire CSCCE staff to provide one-to-one or senior stakeholder consultancy to support your community or member-focused projects. Example projects might include:

COMMUNITY STRATEGY DEVELOPMENT

  • Designing and running a focus group to understand member needs around a new community-focused project.
  • Planning and launching a community of practice on Slack.
  • User persona research – determining your members’ needs and how to create effective, empowering programming that meets those needs.
  • Aligning existing resources (e.g., recorded lectures, slide decks, and blog posts) with an engagement or communications strategy.

TECHNOLOGY

  • Technology selection for communities – identifying the technology needs of your community members or collaborators and how to get the most from that technology.
  • On-boarding communications – planning the first steps in the journey of new online community members.

CULTURE

  • Identifying and describing orienting values in communities and teams.
  • Creating community guidelines – and escalation guidelines.
  • Conflict resolution and team-building – exploring styles of conflict, stakeholder engagement, and planning for successful collaborations.
  • Systems thinking and working with systems archetypes.
  • Burnout, self-care and enjoying complex, networked roles.

MEETING PLANNING AND FACILITATION

CSSCE staff are highly experienced at planning and facilitating events – both virtually and in-person. We work with clients to design and deliver interactive, engaging meetings – especially where there is an emphasis on community-building. Specific examples of projects include:

  • Support with planning how to translate an in-person annual meeting online
  • Planning and facilitating of a workshop for members of a new community of practice which includes multiple topical working groups.
  • Planning and facilitating an iterative strategic planning process for a new community via a series of workshops.