The Leadership/Research Project is an integral component of the Alaska LEND without Walls. It offers trainees the opportunity to explore an area of professional interest in depth and to apply leadership skills in an arena with a broad audience. Reflecting the priority of interdisciplinary experiences, the projects are conducted by at least two trainees from different disciplines working together as a team. Project teams will be formed and topical areas identified in the first month of LEND training. The research project usually accounts for 40–60 hours of the required hours.
- CITI Modules
All trainees will complete the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) CITI modules. The certificate is valid for a 3 year period and will be useful in professional practice once LEND training is completed. Trainees that have current CITI certificate do not have to repeat it.
- Leadership/Research Project
Project teams will select from a menu of project options presented by the LEND faculty. Identification of topics for the leadership/research projects will be guided by the following:
- Ongoing LEND faculty research projects where there is a defined component relating to interdisciplinary leadership to improve services to children and their families. For example, a faculty member may have a research project at the implementation stage where a team could be active participants in the recruitment, enrollment and data collection phase of the project.
- LEND faculty may have a strong interest in initiating a new area of research that requires support at the developmental stage. A trainee team might conduct preliminary background/pilot work to support a proposal for external funding.
- LEND faculty may be involved with other faculty-initiated work at UAA where a trainee team could conduct a specific phase of the project. For instance, there may be a faculty member piloting an educational intervention in a specific population where a trainee team could assume an active role in the delivery and evaluation of the intervention.
- LEND faculty may be aware of or involved with a project originating in the community, for example, a technical assistance project with a specific agency. This may offer valuable interdisciplinary leadership experience and meet the needs of community-based LEND partners.
- Previous LEND trainee teams may have worked with a multi-phase project that could be continued by a current trainee team. For example, focus groups may have conducted to learn about parents’ perception for a community need. A community needs assessment plan and interview guide may be prepared as an extension of the first phase of the project.
- Literature Review
All project teams will conduct a comprehensive review of the literature as a part of the leadership/research project experience.
- Final Product of Project
The final product of the leadership/research projects will result in a written document. Project outcomes/key findings will be presented at the Spring 2013 Leadership Workshop. As appropriate, the work may be submitted in the following formats:
a. a proposal to present at a local, regional or national conference
b. a professional journal manuscript
c. educational materials for distribution by a community partner