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Professional Practice Committee Goals and Progress Report Form

Committee Chair Name: Deb Cohen

Date:    October 13, 2008


Goals Report
x  Progress Report
 
Committee Members:
 
See attached spreadsheet. As of 6/7/08 there are 11 committee members (including 5 new members). An e-mail invitation was sent on 6/2/08 to current committee members inviting them to continue or drop off. Thus far, 6 have responded affirmatively and 2 have declined to continue. This roster will continue to grow as I recruit more members. Additional people will be needed to complete the anticipated work of the committee.
 
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.      Goal with brief description: The professional practice committee will continue its work from 2007-2008 to complete the Professional Practice survey that was conducted. Related SIOP Goal: 3. Organization of choice of I-O professionals. 
 
Action: By 9/30/08 a subcommittee of the PPC will review the results of the survey presented at the annual conference in San Francisco and propose recommendations based on the findings.
 
10/3/08 Update: A subcommittee is currently being formed and will review the results of the findings of this survey.
 
2.      Goal with brief description:  The PPC requested that a career survey be conducted with the membership as a follow-up to the survey conducted in 2007-2008; this request was approved by the Executive Committee of SIOP. Related SIOP Goals: 2. Advocate and champion of I-O psychology to policy makers; 3. Organization of choice of I-O professionals; 4. Model of integrated scientist–practitioner effectiveness that values research, practice, and education equally and seeks higher standards.
 
Action: By 04/01/09 a subcommittee of the PPC will conduct and analyze a career survey and will present the results at the 2009 annual conference.
 
10/3/08 Update:  It is not clear that the PPC will take on this activity. Those who were previously involved and who had expressed an interest in continuing with this work have so far not followed through. The subcommittee (above) will also make a recommendation as to what we think should or should not be done.
 
3.      Goal with brief description: The PPC will raise awareness of the IO profession with HR practitioners and others who are likely to seek the services or employ an IO professional. Related SIOP Goals: 1. Visible and trusted authority on work-related psychology; 3. Organization of choice of I-O professionals
 
Action: By 03/15/09 a subcommittee of the PPC will design, develop and test a presentation, including PowerPoint slides and a written outline or narrative that can be consistently delivered by IO practitioners who volunteer their time to deliver the talk to community groups such as local Chambers of Commerce, SHRM chapters or ASTD chapters. A cadre of volunteers will also be solicited for delivering the speeches who can commit to at least one year.
 
10/3/08 Update: This goal is on target to be met. A subcommittee (spearheaded by Joan Brannick) has been formed, they have met and a briefing was provided last week to the full committee. They are also talking with the Visibility Committee to ensure that our work compliments the work of this group rather than overlaps with it.
 
4.      Goal with brief description: The PPC will devise a plan whereby evidence based research can be translated in a way that makes it more useful for and understood by everyday practitioners. In addition a system for disseminating translated evidence for use by practitioners will be devised. Related SIOP Goals: 1. Visible and trusted authority on work-related psychology; 4. Model of integrated scientist–practitioner effectiveness that values research, practice, and education equally and seeks higher standards.
 
Action: By 06/01/09 a subcommittee of the PPC, working with SHRM, will create a product or service that can be disseminated to a minimum of 250,000 HR practitioners for use in evidence based decision making.
 
10/3/08 Update: This goal is on target to be met. A subcommittee (spearheaded by Nancy Tippins) has been formed and the work along with a specific timeline for completion has been discussed and is being implements.
 
5.      Additional goals may be added at a later time after the PPC has its first ‘official’ virtual meeting. For example, if the International subcommittee from last year wishes to continue their work and the networking reception that was held in 2008, it will be important for this group to continue to work toward this goal. In addition, there are other ‘subcommittees’ (e.g., environmental and public policy) noted in the SIOP manual for the Professional Practice Committee. Depending upon the final size of this committee and the individual interests of the participants, there may be some additional goals that are important for SIOP but which diverge from what has been focused on in recent years by this committee.
 
10/3/08 Update: The committee, at the request of the SIOP office, is looking at the parameters for dealing with Ethical complaints.