Virtual Engagement Resources

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Adapting Collaborative Science for a Virtual World

Collaborative science involves working closely with partners at every stage - from conceptualizing a new project, to conducting the research, to refining tools to best meet a management need. As a result, it can be challenging to imagine how to adapt collaborative science practices to a new, socially-distant reality.  This page offers resources for project teams as they seek to design and modify projects using virtual methods for engaging team members, end users and stakeholders. 

In May 2020, we hosted a webinar on Collaborative Science in a Virtual World: Recognizing Limits and Leveraging Opportunities. Webinar panelists and participants helped us identify key challenges and offered a range of tips, tools and resources. Some of these tools are listed below and many other more specific ideas, including platforms and techniques for virtual engagement, are listed in the webinar summary report.

Effective engagement and collaboration virtually often means doubling down on the techniques and principles we know work in any environment. This includes best practices such as developing clear roles and expectations for all participants, carefully designing meetings, and taking time to nurture relationships during and outside of meetings.  For other resources on stakeholder engagement and designing strong collaborative science projects, see: Applicant Resources

Tips, Resources and Training for Virtual Engagement

Additional Resources for Designing and Modifying Projects