Research Forum Subcommittee

Our mandate:

To promote inquiry on the foundations, conceptions and use of the evaluation standards


Contribute to the Research Forum

We are pleased to offer you an opportunity to have your work with any of the Evaluation Standards reviewed by our editorial board for possible publication on our website. The purpose of the Research Forum is to nurture an open-sourced, and interactive site that contributes to knowledge building and transfer around the evaluation standards.

Please review our EDITORIAL GUIDELINES

The guidelines include:

ORIENTATION

TYPES OF MANUSCRIPTS

SUPPLEMENTAL DIGITAL CONTENT

ETHICAL CONSIDERATIONS

AUTHORSHIP

RETAINING RIGHT OF USE

SUBMIT MANUSCRIPT

If you have questions or need further information please contact Lyn Shulha, Research Forum Chair, Lyn.Shulha@Queensu.ca

 

EDITORIAL GUIDELINES

ORIENTATION
The primary orientation of each manuscript should be to advance the quality and use of the Program, Personnel and Student Assessment Standards. This can be done in a number of ways, including but not limited to:

  • describing efforts at applying any subset of standards during practice and critiquing the contribution of these efforts to the evaluation processes, products or outcomes,
  • examining the subtleties surrounding one or more standards-in-action and contributing a scenario that serves as an exemplar of this complexity,
  • assessing the contributions and limitations of standards in various cultural and organizational contexts,
  • analyzing any of the current quality domains (e.g., Utility, Accuracy) or standards within any domain given advances in evaluation theory.

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TYPES OF MANUSCRIPTS
Authors should keep in mind that all submissions should be constructed to inform subsequent re-visions of the Program, Personnel and Student standards.  The JCSEE acknowledges that there are many ways to contribute to this goal. As such manuscripts should be written to one of the following set of expectations:

  • Major Article. A major article involves systematic inquiry or scholarship that has theoretical or practical implications for evaluation standard setting or standards use.  Articles should:
      • be limited to 10,000 words and
      • use the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed., 2010) and the APA Style web site (http://www.apastyle.org/) to guide writing style, organization, and content.
  • Standards-in-Action Report. Authors are encouraged to invite the broader evaluation community into the world of evaluation practice. Reports should range from 2,500-5,000 words and be:
      • rich in design and contextual detail,
      • demonstrate how one or more decisions were, or could have been influenced by the standards and
      • provide insights into merit, worth, significance and integrity of using or not using standards in that context.
  • Reflections. Authors are encouraged to reflect on their personal practice and its relationship to any of the standards. Manuscripts in this category should be short (250-500 words) and fun to write! (See the American Evaluation Association’s  AEA365 Tip-of-the-day as a model.) These reflections should lead to:
      • Hot Tips,
      • Rad Resources, and
      • Lessons Learned

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SUPPLEMENTAL DIGITAL CONTENT
Authors may include multimedia materials such as pictures, figures, audio or video recordings in a Standards-in-Action Report or Reflection as long as these are already publically accessible or have been approved for use through a process of informing and consent approved by a formal ethics review process.  See more information under ETHICAL CONSIDERATIONS.

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ETHICAL CONSIDERATIONS
Use of identities in text or supplemental digital content (SDC) must comply with authors’ local regulatory processes for the ethical conduct of research involving human beings., i.e., proof of the appropriate combination of university, organization and individual consent. If identity is being held confidential, it should be clear in the manuscript that all identities are pseudonyms.

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AUTHORSHIP OF MAJOR ARTICLES AND REPORTS
All persons designated as authors should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for the content.  Typically this means being identified in the application for ethical review. The corresponding author affirms that he or she had access to all data from the study, both what is reported and what is unreported, and also that he or she had complete freedom to direct its analysis and its reporting, without influence from the sponsors. The corresponding author also affirms that there was no editorial direction or censorship from the sponsors. Authorship credit should be based on

  1. Substantial contributions to conception and design or analysis and interpretation of data.
  2. Substantial contributions to drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content.
  3. Final approval of the version to be published.

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AUTHOR(S) OF MAJOR ARTICLES OR REPORTS RETAIN RIGHT OF USE
It is the intention of the Research Forum to both stimulate and support research on the Program, Personnel and Student Assessment Standards. To do this we are offering a blind peer review of Major Articles and Standards-in-Action Reports. The Research Forum chairperson or her designate will review reflections, with suggestions for edits given directly to the authors.

Articles and Reports that meet the standards of the Research Forum editorial board will be published and featured on the JCSEE website until such time as the authors wish them remove or they have been posted for 5-years, whichever comes first.

Authors are encouraged to pursue the publication of their submissions in peer-reviewed journals in their academic area.  Should the work be accepted for publication in a journal, the author will direct the Research Forum to remove the manuscript from the website and replace it with a formal citation to the manuscript’s new home.

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SUBMITTING A MANUSCRIPT
A template cover page for manuscript submission is currently being designed. In the interim please compete the following steps:

  • identify which category of manuscript you are submitting:
      • Major article
      • Stands-in-action report
      • Reflection

  • submit the manuscript in electronic form, as an email attachment to the Chair of the Research Forum, Lyn.Shulha@Queensu.ca

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