On January 19, 2016, Dr. Vasko facilitated a Toolbox workshop for researchers at Michigan State University who are interested in antimicrobial resistance mitigation (AMRM) research and in collaboratively writing a grant together. We created a Toolbox instrument specifically for this group by using survey data, discussions with grant leadership, and documentation from previous grant efforts. This workshop focused on fostering collaboration and communication within the AMRM research team and on addressing grant specific needs, such as methodology, stakeholders, education, and outreach. During the workshop itself, Dr. O’Rourke recorded speaking turns and Dr. Robinson observed. The debrief discussion at the end of the workshop focused briefly on impressions of the Toolbox workshop, but was used by collaborators primarily as space to synthesize the ideas that came up in the Toolbox dialogue and create some concrete steps for moving forward with the grant writing process.
We look forward to future work with this community here at MSU!