Is it an assessment project or is it research?

Before recruiting NACADA members to respond to surveys or interviews, it’s important to determine the scope and purpose of the project.

Generally, if you are seeking feedback from NACADA members for internal purposes only (not for presentation or publication), it’s important to consider the other NACADA entities who ought to be involved, but it usually doesn’t rise to the level of “research.” If there are plans to present and/or publish the results, using the listservs to recruit participants must be approved by the NACADA Research Committee.

Take your project down this “Assessment vs. Research Decision Tree” to check the scope of the project.

Research Project Decision Tree - Handout version