NAECR Knowledge/Networking event examines research partnerships during pandemic

Because most in-person collaboration has been put on hold during the pandemic, innovative methods are being developed to initiate and maintain research partnerships.

NAECR Knowledge/Networking event examines research partnerships during pandemic

09 Nov 2020    

The second combined NAECR Knowledge/Networking event of the fall explored how early childhood researchers have adjusted ways they initiate, maintain and address research partnerships in the time of COVID-19.

The Nov. 4 virtual conversation focused on how research relationships and collaboration have evolved in recent months during the pandemic — and some of the innovative ways they have overcome obstacles to forge ahead with their work.

Researchers and community partners discussed effective ways researchers have approached and initiated partnerships, including some of the do’s and don’ts to keep in mind. Community partners also offered suggestions about how researchers could support their program.

Participants also discussed opportunities that have emerged during the pandemic.

  • Jorja Brazda-Witters, early childhood coordinator, Omaha Public Schools
  • Danae Dinkel, associate professor, University of Nebraska Omaha
  • Leslie Eastman, director of assessment and evaluation, Lincoln Public Schools
  • Sue Obermiller, early childhood programs director, Central Nebraska Community Action Partnership
  • Abbie Raikes, associate professor and director of Global Early Childhood Development, University of Nebraska Medical Center

NAECR Networking and NAECR Knowledge are an ongoing series of networking and training events designed to enhance early childhood research across the NU system. The series will resume in early 2021.

For more information on NAECR activities, contact Sommer Fousek, project coordinator, at 402-472-3743, or

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