14th Annual NORDP Research Development Conference
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Concurrent Sessions 2 | Monday, April 25 | 2:15 - 3:15 pm ET

Maximizing YouR RD Talent
Presenters: M.S. 'Peg' AtKisson, AtKisson Training Group; David Stone, Oakland University

People at the VPR, AVPR, ADR and similar administrative levels often have oversight for Research Development, yet may not use it to their best advantage. Sometimes the goals and mission for RD have little clarity beyond "more funding!" and RD may only make up one among the many roles such administrators play. This session is for those who supervise RD offices or professionals, and will be run as a facilitated conversation with guiding questions. The overall goal for this round table is to support networking and sharing of best practices, and perhaps even some creative problem solving. (Advanced)

From Strangers to Friends: When tough conversations go right
Presenters: Carolynn Julien, Hunter's College; Carie Roche, Northeastern University; Augusta Isley, Ball State University; Ashley Kapron, University of Utah Clinical & Translational Science Institute

Have you ever wanted to have authentic discussions about differences? Wanted to connect on a deeper level with new people? If so, this is the session to attend! Five months into a global pandemic, five strangers from across the US with different backgrounds, yet similar outlooks on life, lucked into a Zoom breakout room. What happened next will astound you. Presenters will explore best practices for having difficult & intentional conversations about diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in a professional context. Participants will leave the session with ideas and strategies on how to have such discussions and form meaningful relationships. (RD Fundamentals)

Brokering Research-Practice Partnerships and Other Equity-Based Models: How RD can help researchers share the power 
Presenter: Jaynie Mitchell, Brigham Young University

The traditional "get in, get the data, get out" research model often leaves behind the social progress that can come from sustained, mutually beneficial collaborations between researchers and community-based practitioners. One solution to this problem is the Research-Practice Partnership (RPP) research design model. This session (1) showcases key elements of the RPP model and (2) considers how RD professionals can broker partnerships that can equalize power dynamics between the researchers and community-based practitioners in education, healthcare, and social sciences. Join an open discussion to explore how RD can use RPPs and other power-sharing models to build an equity-based research culture. (Intermediate)

Presenters: Kelsey Hassevoort, Interdisciplinary Science Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Nathan Meier, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Melinda Boehm, University of California, Merced

The scholars served by the RD community are addressing some of our world’s most pressing issues at a time when there is an increasing need to translate research discovery and innovation in ways that more broadly benefit society. Given our roles within the research enterprise, many RD professionals are ideally positioned to support efforts to maximize research (broader) impacts and forge meaningful partnerships with community-engagement or research-impact professionals. Join us for a dialogue to discuss the ways in which RD professionals already are, and could be, advancing research impact at their institutions and creating institutional capacity for this work. (Intermediate) 

Presenters: Sarah James, AtKisson Training Group; Jill Jividen, University of Michigan; Jeff Agnoli, The Ohio State University

Good framing questions are strategic and help teams to move toward novel and innovative future opportunities. Panelists will discuss how to facilitate teams and generate excellent framing questions for a variety of research development activities from proposal development to new initiatives. Panelists will use ideas from Strategic Doing to introduce the concept of a framing question, what makes a good framing question, and the difference between strategic and less strategic questions. In this session, participants will be given examples of good, better, and best framing questions and will practice writing their own strategic questions. (Intermediate)