New Member Monday: Dr. Anna Malavisi

February 27, 2017 at 6:10 pm

Dr. Anna Malavisi joined the Toolbox Dialogue Initiative in January 2017 as a postdoctoral research assistant. Dr. Malavisi holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy and a Masters in Health and International Development. She joined TDI because of the potential impact TDI can have within the area of global development and humanitarian aid. Dr. Malavisi brings 16 years of experience as a development practitioner and is interested in bridging the gap between the theory and practice, particularly between philosophers and development professionals. Her role within TDI is to extend TDI efforts to global research initiatives on the MSU campus and to institutions working in the area of global development and humanitarian aid.

Additionally, she will be focusing on coupling ethical and epistemic issues within global development and humanitarian aid from a feminist methodological standpoint. Her personal research includes the above, however will extend to influence policy, particularly in respect to increasing responsibility and accountability of our social institutions.

Using the Toolbox Method to Prepare the Next-Gen Scientific Workforce for Grand Challenges in Social Work

February 16, 2017 at 4:19 pm

In Gehlert, Hall, and Palinkas’ “Preparing Our Next-Generation Scientific Workforce to Address the Grand Challenges for Social Work” in Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research, the authors state in the abstract that “We identify the major challenges entailed in this ambitious agenda and highlight strategies for successfully conducting coordinated team science that spans disciplines and extends across the entire translational continuum.” In the section titled “Strategies for Mitigating Collaborative Challenges and Facilitating Success,” Gehlert et al. mention Hall et al.s’ 2012 ten component collaboration planning framework. The Toolbox Dialogue Initiative, here mentioned by our old name (the Toolbox Project), is discussed as an example tool to help with the seventh component, “conflict prevention and management.”

We extend a deep thanks to the author team for their support of our method as a way to help in the preparation of the next generation of scientific workforce tackling grand challenges in social work and for enabling successful collaborations between members of this generation.

We at the Toolbox Dialogue Initiative are always grateful to our current and former collaborators, colleagues, and participants and always looking for new and exciting collaborations! Please contact us at if you are interested!

Full paper info:
Sarah Gehlert, Kara L. Hall, and Lawrence A.Palinkas, “Preparing Our Next-Generation Scientific Workforce to Address the Grand Challenges for Social Work,” Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research 8, no. 1 (Spring 2017): 119-136.