The CISRC PI was one of the Principal Investigators on these early grants, and this solidified his long-standing involvement with the CIS that he continued through his voluntary participation in their task forces, particularly the Evaluation Task Force.
One example of CIS Project Directors being taken for granted was that CISRC PI waited until two weeks before they were due to solicit letters of support from them for the CISRC renewal application (CISRC conference call, 9/5/96).
Interestingly both the Project Directors and researchers' major summative statements of the CISRC suggest a need to put more emphasis on constantly monitoring the project to insure it was not becoming one-sided (Fleisher et al.
In this sense researchers could act as change agents who would leave CIS members capable of doing what they do on their own, reducing their future dependence on the CISRC.
1995)- some of the CISRC meetings, especially the later ones, when it became clear that practitioner goals were not being met, were like this.
Indeed, the November 1996 CISRC meeting had several lessons-learned sessions in which Project Directors openly expressed many issues they had been articulating in their lessons learned monograph (Fleisher et al.
In the case of the CISRC, perhaps the leadership's hesitancy to acknowledge the discrepancy among idea champions' and orchestrators' perceptions of innovation reflects a natural tendency to avoid labeling an innovation as a mistake.
One implicit understanding related to the research was that the results could be used to demonstrate that the CISRC had the potential to become a research arm of the CIS (Marcus, 1998).