Hi!. I’m looking for insights on how you have approached the below scenario and/or what your thoughts are on my idea. All thoughts are appreciated!
About the community members
Two of our community of practice’s goals are to increase critical thinking and increase use of quality resources We have a small subset of academic members and PhD students who conduct research in the field but do not currently have widespread participation from them.
Opportunity: Taking Research and Discussing its Applications
I think promoting published research and exploring how it could be applied to practice would help us meet both goals. I’ve been mulling over two potential ideas and need outside thoughts on their merits:
Member Highlight: We interview researchers and collect insights on the research aims, research findings, and some ideas on application of research. This would be a mostly passive experience for the audience. (A variation would be to have an ‘industry’ representative conduct the interview. This could lead to a natural discussion on application of findings)
Highlight with discussion: We could do the above interview and then facilitate an online discussion around the application of research. At this time, members could ask clarifying questions.
Quality of research
The key risk I can identify is ‘quality.’ My team could create a confidential short list of reputable universities and journals. If this concept became popular, we would want to have a process for handling member-nominated research from outside universities.
Research is not a one-person job
We may not have all published authors as members of our site. Would we need to recruit all of them? Or, does the participant need to obtain author approval before proceeding?
Research isn’t the sexiest of subjects. Would exploring the application be enough? What questions would be the most meaningful?
Does your community have these research to application discussions? If so, how do you frame them?