Relationships developed at the meetings have opened doors for research on a variety of issues in several countries. Research that includes in-depth interviews with practitioners typically depends on contacts established through personal and institutional relationships. TSD meetings have offered unusual access for such research for both faculty and graduate students.
Presentations at the meetings by union leaders and academic researchers have offered a wealth of data and analysis to stimulate further research. One-on-one, small group, conference session and follow-up discussions have also yielded rich information for use in research projects.