Lately the Trustees have been thinking about how to work smarter within the SIOP Foundation in particular and the world of SIOP and I-O praxis in general. Praxis is the key, and it is what makes I-O unique: we value theory and practice equally without giving greater status to either.
“Praxis” is a fine description of what I-Os do. Implicit in the conjunction of theory and practice is continuing examination of outcomes – does what we do actually work? What does evidence show about the extent to which intended outcomes are achieved? Are there additional and desired collateral outcomes? Are there unwanted side-effects? What are the lessons of experience?
To date, the Foundation has been mostly content to trust the “smiles test”, but we have now embarked on a much more articulated evaluation. A student-led team at Middle Tennessee State University on April 20 , 2021, briefed the Foundation Trustees via Zoom about their findings from a 10-week investigation of the impact of graduate student scholarships on both individual achievement and also the advancement of SIOP and I-O psychology. Read or download the accompanying full report.