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Electronic Communications Committee Goals and Progress Report Form

 
 

Committee Chair Name: Steven Ashworth

Date: Sept. 1, 2006
n Goals Report
n Progress Report
 
Committee Members:
Fred Oswald
Chris Henley
Rebecca Orbach
Steve Scullen
Aaron Graczyk
Daniel Bachrach
Theodore Hayes
Jim Beaty – Past Chair
 
For the initial Goals Report, please list committee goals, time frame, and action steps. Please include expected results and how the goal relates to one or more of SIOP’s four strategic goals.
 
For subsequent Progress Reports, please provide a brief update including a listing of actions taken.
SIOP Vision: To be recognized as the premier professional group committed to advancing the science and practice of the psychology of work.
SIOP Goals: SIOP will become the…
 
1. Visible and trusted authority on work-related psychology. This includes:
  • Heightened awareness within lay, business, scientific, and government communities of the role and value of I-O psychology in improving productivity and well-being in the workplace.
  • Greater outreach to the broader field of psychology and related disciplines and organizations (including organizations outside the United States), policy makers, the public, and the media. 
2. Advocate and champion of I-O psychology to policy makers. This includes:
  • Increased efforts to obtain federal funding for I-O research.
  • Increased efforts to monitor and influence policy and legislation affecting human behavior at work.
  • Heightened awareness among top managers in business about the value of I-O psychology and I-O professionals. 
3. Organization of choice of I-O professionals. This includes:
 
  • Increased enjoyment and satisfaction of members.
  • More members in all categories, including regular, Student, International, Affiliate, and Associate Members.
  • Higher annual retention rate.
  • Increased support for SIOP members in their efforts to study, apply, and teach the principles, findings, and methods of I-O psychology.
 
4. Model of integrated scientist–practitioner effectiveness that values research, practice, and education equally and seeks higher standards in all three areas. 
 
  • Increased collaboration and dialogue between academics and practitioners where science informs practice and practice informs science.
  • Increased collaboration and exchange of ideas with non-North American I-O professionals.
  • Decreased perception of fissure between academics and practitioners.
  • Clear and rigorous means of evaluating the quality of graduate training programs.
  • Clear and rigorous standards for practice.
 
Strategic Planning Goals: (Please highlight committee goals related to the advocacy of SIOP’s Strategic Planning Goals)
 
  1. Continue the re-development of the redesigned SIOP website. 
Action: Most of the effort is finished in re-deploying the website. Further work remains in making the website more visible, and in creating content on the website that encourages members and other stakeholders to use the site. These ideas include a) feature articles and links to other resources (already implemented), inclusion of more general news stories. Need to create an environmental scanning function, perhaps within this committee.
 
Progress: The new website is fully implemented. During the final project meeting we agreed to several ongoing activities, including developing an environmental screening capability, looking for ways to get the link to appear quicker on search engines. Also looking to link the SIOP site to other I/O related sites – ex. SIOP Wiki, SHRM, Academy of Management.
 
  1. Develop a strategy for ongoing communications with members. 
Action: Investigate the implementation of a monthly (or quarterly) newsletter, summarizing the communication needs of all SIOP committees and the AO. The current website has a module that would implement a newsletter with the same look-and-feel as the website. Need to establish a calendar of communication “events” so that we could manage such a newsletter. (see #3 below)
 
Progress: The newsletter module is available at a moderate cost (Dave Nershi has information). The Information Calendar is being developed, and a full cost and impact proposal could be developed.
 
 
  1. Coordinate communications activities with other SIOP committees that have a communications agenda. 
Action: Contact each of the SIOP committees and develop a “communications calendar” listing key communication events during the year. Once coordinated, establish an efficient method of getting these events communicated to members. On idea under consideration is the “newsletter” discussed above. A key action would be to make sure this newsletter is differentiated from, and integrated with the TIP publication.
 
Progress: At this point, I have the SIOP AO communication calendar summarized, as well as some key SIOP-wide communications (such as TIP deadlines, SIOP submission deadlines). Still need to contact other committee chairs.
 
Updates or Comments From Chair (and past Chair – Jim Beaty):
 
After helping to get the International Directory online in the early part of our term, the ECC has focused almost exclusively on web site development. In 2005 the ECC helped Dave Nershi craft an RFP to be sent to website development vendors. The ECC also assisted the AO in casting the vision for the website in order to educate vendors on the services that were being sought. The AO sent out the RFP and administrated the process of receiving proposals. The ECC then helped review the vendor proposals and recommended a subset of vendors to advance in the vendor selection process. Dave Nershi and other AO staff held in-depth interviews with two of the recommended vendors and made the final selection. Two members of the ECC (Chris Henle and Jim Beaty) joined the Web Site Development task force, which was headed by Dave Nershi. Dave Nershi and other AO staff lead the day-to-day interaction with the vendor. The task force worked more in a consulting role with the vendor on the appearance and content of the website. A key role of the ECC members (and the rest of the web site task force) was to help drive the SIOP web site development toward facilitating the strategic goals outlined by the EC. The ECC is pleased with the product of this work. We feel that the web site, though just launched, is already helping SIOP achieve its goals (no, we have not measured this yet; call it self-report evaluation at this point :). The ECC thanks Dave Nershi for taking ownership of the project and facilitating the input of the volunteer task force members.