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Conducting Research at NFA

PROPOSAL GUIDELINES FOR CONDUCTING RESEARCH

AT THE NATIONAL TOURNAMENT


If you would like to submit a proposal to conduct research at the NFA National Tournament please be advised of the following:


Proposal Process/Prior to Tournament:


  1. Research proposals must be submitted to the Chair of the Research Committee (Nikki Freeman, nfreeman@ucmo.edu) via email by Monday, February 25, 2019. The Chair will then distribute the proposal to fellow committee members.

  2. Research proposals submitted to the committee must include the following:

    1. A brief explanation of the specific research topic/focus (one page).

    2. A brief explanation of the rationale/justification to conduct said research at the National Tournament (one page).

    3. A brief explanation of the methodology that will be used, including addressing data-gathering logistics at the National Tournament (one page).

      1. Please note that research projects should be designed in a manner that will not cause any disruption or distraction for students competing or to the tournament schedule.

    4. Copies of any instruments that will be used to gather data.

  3. Proposals will be reviewed by the Research Committee, and submitters will be notified of approval or denial via email by Friday, March 11, 2019.

  4. Official IRB approval from the researcher’s institution must be provided to the Chair of the Research Committee via email by Friday, April 12th, 2019.


During the Tournament:

Please note- All research-related activities that occur at the National Tournament must be done in coordination with the Tournament Director to ensure the tournament schedule is not disrupted.


  1. Researchers must be at registration to handle the distribution of any hard copies of data collection instruments.

  2. If materials are to be distributed to judges, the tournament staff will distribute to event judges.

  3. If hard copies of data collection instruments were used, researchers must make arrangements/be available to collect said instruments at a specified time identified in the instrument instructions.


Post Tournament:


  1. The preliminary findings of the project must be submitted to the Chair of the Research Committee by Monday, September 30, 2019. Additionally, a plan for sharing and dissemination should be included. It is strongly suggested that an article reflecting the results be submitted to the NFJ.

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