Peer Circles

What are Peer Circles?

As part of the Health Research Alliance’s Professional Development Program, Peer Circles provide an opportunity to enhance your professional capacity and network.  Peer Circles meet regularly to discuss various topics related to navigating the professional world and achieving career goals.  These meetings aim to build community among individuals at similar career stages and allow group members to learn from each other and build their network.  Peer Circles also provide a forum to support others in finding solutions to challenges faced in the workplace. Members can help their peers reflect on the issues at hand with new perspectives, allowing them each to develop a path forward.

Who are the members of a Peer Circle?

Peer Circles will be made up of groups of ~6 individuals from different Health Research Alliance (HRA) member organizations with similar career roles.

How often should Peer Circles meet?

Once circles are formed, circles should schedule virtual meetings approximately monthly. Participants must do their best to attend all scheduled meetings of the circle, with the understanding that personal and professional emergencies may arise.

Are there any other expectations I should keep in mind?

  1. All discussions within Peer Circles should remain respectful and confidential.
  2. Participants will be asked to respond to periodic surveys about their experience in the program, as well as a brief final evaluation survey at the end of the program.

How do I sign up to be a member of a Peer Circle?

Sign ups for Peer Circle groups closed on November 10, 2023.

Guidelines for Peer Circles

  • Circles will be made up of groups of 4 – 6 colleagues, from different HRA member organizations, with similar goals and roles.
  • Once circles are assigned, circles should schedule meetings approximately monthly, and ideally meet ~10 times within a 12 month period.
  • Each circle member is responsible for leading/moderating ~2 meetings.
  • Participants must do their best to attend all scheduled meetings of the circle, knowing that personal and professional emergencies do arise.
  • Participants must respond to brief formative evaluation surveys including suggesting topics and speakers for periodic webinars for all program participants.
  • Participants must respond to a brief final evaluation survey.
  • All communication within peer coaching circles must remain respectful and confidential.

For questions please email Marina Triplett, HRA’s professional development intern at [email protected] .