Central to successful collaboration in research and [3.09 Collective Active Learning] is the sharing of different skills that people can bring to a research project.
The opportunity to share skills and abilities during research projects is often wasted. Researchers may leave with information as data, but leave nothing of value behind. Equally, the people and organisations involved in research may have valuable skills to share.
This goes hand in hand with [2.07 Incluson and Diversity], [3.08 Working across boundaries] and [1.04 Building Community].
It is not appropriate on every research project, but often there are opportunities for two-way sharing of skills and knowledges, during and beyond the research, for improved capacity to conduct research and collaborate.
This form of mutual capacity-building is one way to strengthen alliances and spread practice - see [2.05 Working Across Scales]. It may take place through formal means such as training, peer research and the transfer of information, equipment or skills; or informal means like conversation and working side by side.
Build in two-way sharing of skills and knowledges, during and beyond research, for improved capacity to conduct research, collaborate and take action beyond the current project. T
his benefits those involved, the site where the skills are used again in the future, and maximises the value of research.