Evaluation 2020

Fanning the SPARCs of SHREWD programs: Facilitating program outcomes by spotlighting how stakeholder groups conceptualize and actualize collaboration In multi-partner STEM and healthcare research an 

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When more than one person is needed for task completion, the actors (aka stakeholders) must work together in successful ways (aka collaboration). The SPARC framework considers how stakeholder groups conceptualize and actualize collaboration structures and processes in multi-partner STEM and healthcare research and education workforce development (SHREWD) programs. Typically, Sponsor requirements for partner collaboration and program management drive what Partners consider when planning programs, and thus what Advisors or evaluators assess. The collected data form the basis of Researchers' contributions to the academic literature and the value proposition made to the larger Community. Evaluators can facilitate SHREWD program outcomes by spotlighting the conceptualization of collaborative structures and processes across stakeholder groups, providing collaboration data for use as both formative feedback and summative evidence about collaboration’s role in improved outcomes. We believe that "fanning the SPARCs" by spotlighting collaboration will allow stakeholders to deliver more effective SHREWD programs.

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Abstract When more than one person is needed for task completion, the actors (aka stakeholders) must work together in successful ways (aka collaboration). The SPARC framework considers how stakeholder groups conceptualize and actualize collaboration structures and processes in multi-partner STEM and healthcare research and education workforce development (SHREWD) programs. Typically, Sponsor requirements for partner collaboration and program management drive what Partners consider when planning programs, and thus what Advisors or evaluators assess. The collected data form the basis of Researchers' contributions to the academic literature and the value proposition made to the larger Community. Evaluators can facilitate SHREWD program outcomes by spotlighting the conceptualization of collaborative structures and processes across stakeholder groups, providing collaboration data for use as both formative feedback and summative evidence about collaboration’s role in improved outcomes. We believe that "fanning the SPARCs" by spotlighting collaboration will allow stakeholders to deliver more effective SHREWD programs.