Washington, D.C., January 15, 2014 – The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) recently established a new survey policy that provides guidance for investigators wishing to survey the association’s member institutions.
The new policy creates a process by which surveys distributed to AAVMC member institutions can be monitored, standardized and enhanced by the AAVMC. “The AAVMC has always provided support for investigators wishing to survey personnel in our member institutions,” said AAVMC Associate Executive Director for Institutional Research and Diversity Lisa Greenhill. “This new policy formalizes the process and is designed to increase the efficiency and the quality of the results by working with investigators during an earlier phase of their research.”
Under the new policy guidelines, investigators are asked to submit a proposal for the AAVMC’s Survey Committee to consider prior to the dissemination of the surveys to the AAVMC’s member institutions.
The new policy seeks to address a number of issues. For example, variations in the quality of survey instruments can affect the integrity and the value of the data acquired. Also, high volumes of survey activity can introduce the danger of “survey fatigue,” which can diminish the interest and capacity of individuals to participate in survey programs. In some cases, investigators may find that the data they seek already exists.
Submissions should be received by the AAVMC prior to seeking Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval from within their respective universities or organizations. Submissions should also be received for review at least one month prior to the anticipated start of data collection.
The AAVMC is a nonprofit membership organization working to protect and improve the health and welfare of animals, people and the environment by advancing academic veterinary medicine. Its members include 35 veterinary medical colleges in the United States and Canada, nine departments of veterinary science, eight departments of comparative medicine, thirteen international colleges of veterinary medicine, and six affiliate colleges of veterinary medicine.
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