Has your research been disrupted by Covid-19? There are resources available to support your current research needs!
The Research Methodology Consulting Center
The Research Methodology Consulting Center is offering specialized support for researchers who have experienced disruptions in their research due to Covid-19. The team will work with you to troubleshoot potential solutions to methodological issues that have arisen due to disruptions in data collection, lab closures, etc.
Further, the RMCC is lifting its cap on free consultations for graduate students who have experienced disruptions in their research. CEHD graduate students can now receive additional consultations at no cost as it relates to Covid-19 research disruptions.
Request a consultation here: http://www.cehd.umn.edu/research/consulting/
Returning to Campus for Research Work
The University of Minnesota’s Sunrise Plan provides guidelines for UMN employees to safely and gradually return to work. First and foremost, if you can continue to work from home, please do so. Only those who cannot complete their work without accessing a campus building will be granted permission to use the building, by following a two-step process (below). An example of this is a researcher who has a dedicated lab/computer in the building that they must use to access protected data that is essential for their research, which cannot be done remotely.
If you must access a campus building to complete your research, please complete the following steps:
- Discuss your need for campus access with your supervisor and department chair or center director and secure their informal approval.
- Complete the Request for Return to On-site Work Authorization form and route it to your department chair or center director. You must receive department chair approval before it goes on to the college. Included in this request should be a description of the precautions you will take to ensure your health and safety and that of others in your workspace (methods and means for social distancing, PPE, etc. in alignment with the Sunrise Plan).
- Once approved, the chair routes the form to Associate Dean for Research Frank Symons (symon007). He will review requests on a weekly basis, consult with HR, and report back to department chairs.
- Follow the health and safety precautions outlined in your request and those listed at the end of the authorization form.
Covid-19-Related Funding Opportunities
OVPR Guidance for UMN Research, including sponsored projects management
IRB Frequently Asked Questions on Human Research and COVID-19
Report on Staged Resumption of Research Activities (Abridged, submitted to OVPR April 30, 2020)
COVID-19 Research Events
The roundtable is designed to provide an overview of telehealth in relation to research and training applications, including a review of ‘mechanics’ as well as illustrating the breadth of application (recruitment, primary data collection for assessment/intervention, staff support/training). Time will include Q&A about ‘what works’, ‘what’s tricky’, etc.
- Tele Overview – Adele Dimian, Ph.D., Institute for Community Integration.
- Tele and Training/Outreach – Jessica Simacek, Ph.D., Institute for Community Integration
- Tele and Research Application – Jennifer McComas, Ph.D., Department of Educational Psychology
- General Q&A
A one-hour panel discussion with Ajay Israni, MD, MS, Nephrologist, Hennepin Healthcare, President, Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute; Kelvin Lim, M.D., Drs. T.J. and Ella M. Arneson Land Grant Chair in Human Behavior, Vice Chair for Research and Professor, Department of Psychiatry; and Angela Panoskaltsis-Mortari, PhD, Vice Chair for Research and Professor, Department of Pediatrics.
Topics addressed include:
- Navigating human subject interactions (e.g. focus groups)
- Staying productive if your lab is on hiatus
- Best practices for leading and supporting your research team
This event will be recorded and posted on the CTSI website following the event.
RMCC Lunch & Learn:
Don’t have access to your lab? Try evidence synthesis!
Tuesday, May 19 from 12:00-1:00pm on Zoom:
Presentations and Panel Q&A featuring:
Amy Riegelman, Social Sciences Librarian
Scott Marsalis, Social Sciences Librarian
Joseph Rios, Educational Psychology
How can we synthesize evidence across many studies in a rigorous and transparent way? What are the differences between literature reviews, systematic reviews, and meta-analyses? And how can researchers get started? Learn more about evidence synthesis from three experts at the U.
Amy Riegelman and Scott Marsalis will review best practices and considerations for systematic reviews, and Joseph Rios will speak about conducting meta-analyses. All three panelists will discuss questions from the audience.