Resource barriers are generally obvious, whereas other barriers are not always clearly identified or factored into research planning and execution. Recognizing and explicitly addressing “elephants in the room,” such as intra- or inter-organizational distrust and differences in interdisciplinary approaches to research design can help move things forward.
“Listen to varying voices and perspectives on research priorities and methods before setting course,” Knapp said. Indeed, tunnel vision on research questions and/or associated research methods—for example, sole reliance on criterion-related validity—can create barriers to advancement. Or, as Robert M. Guion, Ph.D., once said on this topic, “habit trumps progress.”