The Youth, Families, and Communities (YFC) Statewide Program is working on plans to hold the Research Methods Professional Development Institute (RMPDI) in Fall 2018. The goals of this institute are to (1) provide continuing education opportunities and (2) provide mentored time for researchers to make progress on new or existing projects.
The institute is designed to support the full research process, and give academics the opportunity to collaborate and conduct studies. The expectation is that participants leave the institute with the tools needed to design and begin a study or analyze existing data.
The tentative structure of the Fall 2018 session is as follows:
Day 1 will consist of 2 tracks:
Track 1: Designed for new participants (not previously attended) and anyone wanting a refresher on quantitative analyses.
Track 2: Designed for participants that are currently part of research groups; these groups will work on creating a presentation for the other participants about the project's research question(s), hypothesis/es, what's been done, what's been learned, and future directions (presented on Day 2).
Day 2 will start with existing research groups presenting their project to the full group of new and returning advisors. Following this, all participants will engage in a research "World Cafe" to explore research topics and learn about others' interests. Participants will then be given an opportunity to join or try out new groups or remain in their existing groups. The remainder of the day will be devoted to research groups having time to work together.
Day 3 will consistent entirely of group work, with the goal of coming away from the institute with a detailed action plan and targeted end of year deliverables.
If you have any questions, please contact Kendra Lewis.