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In order to facilitate and support translational research projects, the BCTR offers many resources to Cornell faculty, staff, and students, as well as their community collaborators. These resources seek to improve campus-community collaborations and support the bi-directional pathway between scientific research and community practice.

The BCTR’s Consensus Conference process includes the development of a research review drawing on a synthesis of the published research, interviews with “thought leaders,” working sessions in which researchers and practitioners identify research gaps and prioritize topics for new research, and roundtable discussion of recommended research agendas for translating knowledge into improved practice. For more information about Consensus Conferences, contact Karl Pillemer.

The Research Synthesis Project (RSP) synthesizes social and behavioral research to support outreach and extension programming within the College of Human Ecology (CHE). These “systematic translational reviews” follow a sequence of steps to identify and refine research questions that will inform and improve practice, engage both researcher and practitioners with relevant expertise in identifying data sources, and develop and disseminate the syntheses themselves. For more information about the RSP, contact Mary Maley.

The Research Navigators Initiative (RNI) is a central component of the College of Human Ecology’s (CHE’s) extension and outreach efforts. The RNI supports collaborations between Cornell faculty and Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) educators through research-related workshops for CCE educators focused on skill-building, networking, and resource identification with the goal of forming partnerships with campus researchers. The RNI offers networking opportunities where CCE educators and Cornell faculty meet informally to discuss their research interests. The RNI also informs Cornell faculty about the resources and capabilities of CCE as a research partner and broker of community collaborations. For more information about the RNI, contact Jennifer Tiffany.