We have a DREaM: the Developing Research Excellence & Methods network


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Presentation on the DREaM project delivered by Dr Alison Brettle, Professor Hazel Hall and Professor Charles Oppenheim at QQML2012, Limerick, May 22-25 2012.

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  • DREam is a UK project is funded by the AHRC – a national UK research funding body. The grant is held by Edinburgh Napier and the work is supported by LIR Research Coalition. The Board of the LIS Research Coalition dreamt up the project. Hazel developed the proposal based on earlier work by two representatives on the Coalition Board, Professor Charles Oppenheim (JISC) and Stephanie Kenna (British Library)
  • DREam is a UK project is funded by the AHRC – a national research funding body. The grant is held by Edinburgh Napier and the work is supported by LIR Research Coalition – Hazel and Charles – obtained funding, dreamed up the project???? Roles on LIS Coalition???
  • Overview of 3 workshops Methods sessions – experts from other fields, plus interactive elements – hearing about other peoples research in unconference half hour. Tasks and group work – eg discuss ethical problems All very lively and lots of enthusiasm – left each day wanting more
  • Outside the workshops – the DREaM online community can communicate with each other and obtain updates from the events. This is open to people outside the cadre.
  • Impact of Dream – Participant Level Social Network Analysis – reported at final conference. Completed a profile at beginning and the end Skills Audit Critical Incidents Focus on the latter 2 Make point that evaluation is ongoing – and furthermore that some of the impacts are likely to be long term – and difficult to quantify
  • Limited as its not a matched set of responses – so can only identify overall trends
  • Good news is that – everyone had learned something – and at the very least they all remembered the titles and subjects of the presentations!! Largest improvements seemed to be that participants now understood methods in theory – does this suggest a good depth of content of presentations?? Or a movement from unfamiliar to know in theory??? Examples that participants are beginning to use the techniques and the learning in practice – particular methods but also perhaps elements that are easier to incorporate into daily working eg increasing impact and ethics A few “experts” – longer term to become expert Useful to redo the audit in a year or even longer term – and see how things have moved NEED A BETTER WAY OF HIGHLIGHTING THESE???? THINK
  • Brief explanation of technique – ie asked them to describe one instance of how they had used the knowledge/experience from participation and its corresponding effect or impact
  • Range of impacts – should also say that enjoyment of workshops goes with out saying – difficult to capture the buzz that was in the room at the workshops – perhaps can see this from some of the videos. This methods captures some of the longer term ones.
  • We have a DREaM: the Developing Research Excellence & Methods network

    1. 1. We have a DREaM: the DevelopingResearch Excellence & Methods network DREaM Project participant Dr Alison Brettle, @BrettleAli with DREaM Project co-investigators: Professor Hazel Hall, @hazelh Professor Charles Oppenheim, @CharlesOppenh
    2. 2. Aim of the DREaM projectTo develop a formal UK-wide network of LIS researchersJanuary 2011 until August 2012
    3. 3. • Overview – Five events • Launch conference • Three linked workshops • Concluding conference (9th July 2012, British Library) – Event amplification • Extensive use of social media – @LIS_DREaM, DREaM online community, Vimeo, SlideShare…
    4. 4. DREaM Conferenceshttp://bit.ly/DREaM5_prog
    5. 5. • Workshop content – Experts & methods – “Unconference” half hour – Interactive component• “Social” aspects of workshops – Social evenings – Social networking – Event amplification
    6. 6. Workshop 1 Workshop 2 Workshop 3Edinburgh 25th October 2011 London 30th January 2012 Edinburgh 25th April 2012Ethnography User involvement: action Horizon scanning researchSocial Network Analysis Techniques from history Repertory gridsDiscourse analysis Webometrics Data miningUnconference half hour Unconference half hour Unconference half hourEthics and legal issues Research and policy Research impacthttp://lisresearch.org/dream-project/dream-event-2-workshop-tuesday-25-october-2011/ http://lisresearch.org/dream-project/dream-event-3-workshop-monday-30-janua http://lisresearch.org/dream-project/drea
    7. 7. http://lis-dream.spruz.com
    8. 8. • Impact of DREaM: participant level – Social network analysis • To be reported at DREaM conference on July 9th – Research skills audit – Critical incidents – See also feedback on each event http://lisresearch.org/dream-project
    9. 9. • Research skills audit – Familiarity “before” & “after” – 5 point scale for each of 12 workshop themes – 22 “before” submissions – 25 “after” submissions
    10. 10. Never heard Heard but Applied in of this unfamiliar In theory practice Expert Pre Post Pre Post Pre Post Pre Post Pre PostEthnography 2 0 9 1 8 23 3 1 0 0Social network analysis 3 0 10 0 8 23 1 2 0 0Discourse analysis 2 0 12 1 6 19 2 4 0 0Ethics & legal issues 0 0 3 0 6 10 12 12 2 3Action research 4 0 4 1 8 18 6 6 0 1Research techniques fromhistory 5 0 9 0 4 20 3 5 0 0Web metrics 3 0 10 0 5 23 4 2 0 0Tying research output topolicy 0 0 8 0 5 14 8 8 1 3Horizon scanning 4 0 7 1 7 17 4 5 0 0Repertory grids 17 0 5 2 0 22 0 1 0 0Data mining 0 0 11 2 10 21 1 1 0 0Increasing research impact 0 0 5 0 8 13 8 10 1 2
    11. 11. • Critical incident analysis – Use of unconference half hour at third workshop to collect data on “incidents” of impact – Thematic analysis: 15 responses
    12. 12. • Themes: impacts – Influenced choice of PhD methodology or research design – Increased knowledge and (research) confidence – Gave ability to demonstrate research knowledge in the workplace – Widened network/research relationships – Generated new resources to share
    13. 13. Influenced Methods from DREaM 2choice of PhD useful in planning PhD methodology, especiallymethodology or introduction toresearch design ethnography and importance of reflexivityAble to suggest use of and discourse analysis.“Social Network Analysis”to colleague’s PhD studentwho was looking for Adapted my researchsuitable methodology to methodology for my PhDmeasure impact of digital to analyse “discourses”media. in interviews and in the literature survey.
    14. 14. Increased [We] have input in knowledge & areas where we might not have previously, (research) because we can make confidence a contribution “wearing [a] DREaM hat”.I’ve been more reflectivein my own practice, andalso considered a widerrange of methods and In chatting with academichow they overlap or fit colleagues about another project…together. I had insight and confidence that I would not have had if I’d not attended LIS DREaM.
    15. 15. Gave ability to [When] evaluating a service to continuouslydemonstrate improve and measureresearch outcomes… the ideas for designing the studyknowledge in came from DREaM.the workplaceIn general it has given When discussing theme a profile at work importance ofwhich allows me to be evaluation with myinterested in research manager I mentionedand its relation to different tactics thatpractice. had been explored at DREaM.
    16. 16. Widened [I] met Tom Haigh (speaker) whonetwork & suggested I join hisresearch email list... I now have useful responses to myrelationships questions and it’s an interesting list.It was part ofdeveloping a closerworking relationship [I] posted details ofwith my PhD regional event and [am]supervisor. now in regular Twitter contact with [an] LIS DREaM member.
    17. 17. Following each workshop I Generated have delivered short sessions for fellow IS new resources researchers where I shared to share the content and how it impacted on our[I met a] DREaM organisation.delegate doing academicresearch. [She] shared[a] questionnaire she Delivering the sessionshad used for similar has focused my learning My tweet onproject to [mine]. [This and highlighted ethnographic researchwas] very helpful for [a] techniques to others methods was RT’d by acurrent project.” who intend to apply colleague who’d found it some for research or useful and recommended work purposes it to other students using the phdchat hashtag.
    18. 18. • Some conclusions – DREaM project impact to date • Largely tied to increase in knowledge and capabilities of the workshop cadre • There is evidence that participants now have a different relationship with research • Event amplification has contributed to potential for impact beyond the core group – What next? • DREaM2 follow-on grant to capitalise on, and develop further, the impact so far • DREaM Conference, British Library, Monday 9th July
    19. 19. We have a DREaM: the DevelopingResearch Excellence & Methods network DREaM Project participant Dr Alison Brettle, @BrettleAli with DREaM Project co-investigators: Professor Hazel Hall, @hazelh Professor Charles Oppenheim, @CharlesOppenh