A digital toolkit to implement and manage a multisite study

Kathie Lasater, Elizabeth Johnson, Kay Hodson-Carlton, Linda Siktberg, Stephanie Sideras

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    Abstract

    Calls for multisite studies are increasing in nursing education. However, the challenge of implementing consistent protocols and maintaining rigorous standards across sites can be daunting. One purpose of a recent multisite, collaborative, simulation study was to evaluate a digital toolkit's effectiveness for managing a multisite study. We describe the digital toolkit composed of Web-based technologies used to manage a study involving five sites including one United Kingdom site. The digital toolkit included a wiki, a project Web site to coordinate the protocols and study materials, software to organize study materials, and a secure location for sharing data. Most of these are familiar tools; however, combined as a toolkit, they became a useful management system. Web-based communication strategies and coordinated technical support served as key adjuncts to foster collaboration. This article also offers practical implications and recommendations for using a digital toolkit in other multisite studies.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)127-132
    Number of pages6
    JournalJournal of Nursing Education
    Volume51
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Mar 1 2012

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Nursing(all)
    • Education

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