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Eval12 Session 911: Team Science Evaluation: Developing Methods to Measure Convergence of Fields 

11-05-2012 08:00

A problem in the evaluation of team science is how to measure team formation. For team-based projects where a goal is to bring together researchers from multiple disciplines to catalyze new research approaches, one metric is evolution and use of terms that combine aspects of multiple disciplines. We tested the efficacy of publication metadata and text mining methods at detecting the convergence of multiple disciplines. In one set of experiments, we investigated the association between researcher discipline and their participation in transdisciplinary collaborations. In another set, we tested the extent of association between disciplines by processing text from publications and grant progress reports and visualized co-occurrence using network graphs. We show how these methods have proven effective at both illustrating and measuring field convergence, and how they have been used to inform program evaluation.

#Network #TeamScience #QuantitativeMethods-TheoryandDesign #Collaborative,ParticipatoryandEmpowermentEval #transdisciplinary #DataVisualizationandReporting #2012Conference #GovernmentEvaluation

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