Concerns-Based Adoption Method (CBAM) for Research Data Management (RDM) Education
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Citation:Rinehart, Amanda & Lightle, Kim. 2015. Concerns-Based Adoption Method (CBAM) for Research Data Management (RDM) Education [presentation]. OSUL Faculty Forum. Columbus, OH: The Ohio State University.
Not all researchers are thrilled to hear of new research data management expectations. In fact, RDM education is met with varying levels of resistance. Change theory tells us that this resistance is most likely due to underlying concerns. If these underlying concerns can be discovered, then appropriate educational activities can be provided to ameliorate them. Dr. Kim Lightle and I modified an established tool, the Concerns-Based Adoption Method (CBAM), to determine if researchers could be differentiated based on their concerns about research data management. We hypothesize that if we can measure where researchers are at in the change process, we can intervene with timely and appropriate education. Our first step was to deploy the CBAM to our post-doc community. Our results indicate that about two-thirds of our post-docs are at a beginner or intermediate stage of adoption of research data management, while another third are hostile non-users or apathetic. For each post-doc that requested it, we provided a custom report comparing them to their peers and locating them on a progression matrix.