CRDS Initiatives for 2019

Date: March 9, 2019

Dear Colleagues,

It is with great pleasure that we announce the website for Cumulative Records Documentation Society (CRDS), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit in Twin Peaks, California, USA.

This letter introduces CRDS and outlines our 2019 initiatives:
Technical Production Assistance Program (TPAP), Professional Frameworks Program (PFP), and the Open Drawer Archive (ODA).

To make a donation or request additional information, contact us today.

I. Type of Organization.

CRDS is a professional membership organization that archives professional research and educational materials for non-commercial, public use.

II. Mission.

To archive professional research and educational materials for public use.

III. Activities or Programs that Illustrate CRDS’ Purpose.

CRDS engages in several programs to accomplish its mission. Two of these programs are detailed below. An active example is provided for each, with links for verification.

A. Technical Production Assistance Program (TPAP).

Through TPAP, CRDS provides content creators with the resources needed to produce high-quality educational content for public, non-commercial use. The program defines a “content creator” as a researcher-practitioner in the social and behavioral sciences, whose expertise offers a significant potential benefit to the public. Most content creators have research degrees (e.g., PhD, a research-oriented master’s), have occupied professional and academic roles, and have published on their topic of expertise in a peer-reviewed journal.

Step 1: Designing a Tangible Outcomes Plan (TOP). A CRDS technical producer helps the content creator develop a TOP. This is a formal plan defining the creator’s expertise, barriers to completion, and expected outcomes such as a video series, whitepapers, books, labs, etc. The creator agrees that materials are for public use under a non-commercial license (e.g., Creative Commons 4.0 – Attribution-Sharealike-Non-commercial).

Step 2: Implementing the TOP. The implementation process lasts 1-3 years. The CRDS technical producer assists the content creator in implementing the TOP through such activities as on-site filming and video editing, collaborating with peer-reviewers remotely, and typesetting electronic books. Producers are trained in coaching content creators through barriers to progress. Content is made available to the public incrementally during this stage.

Step 3: Graduating from the TPAP program. Upon completing the TOP and exit interview, a content creator receives a certificate of completion as a graduate of the TPAP program. TPAP graduates retain access to CRDS producers for purposes of refreshing materials (e.g., follow-up with recent scientific literature, updating books for a second edition, etc.).

Example: “The Essence of Regression” is an active TPAP project in an implementation stage. A CRDS technical producer travels on-site with a researcher-practitioner to produce educational content. The content creator is a full-time professor who shares knowledge about applied statistical models in personnel psychology. The YouTube channel can be viewed here.

Expanding the Audience: The TOP includes YouTube videos, downloadable datasets, and short documents. These materials will become part of our open-source archive for educators, self-learners, and professionals offering/receiving continuing education events.


B. Professional Frameworks Project (PFP).

Through the PFP program, CRDS expands its public archive of continuing education materials for specific professions. PFP follows a three-step process to obtain needed authorizations, develop partnerships, and manage releases of open source projects.

Step 1: Obtain authorization to build a PFP. Curriculum frameworks are a well-established activity of the U.S. government regarding learners in grades K-12. No government-backed professional curriculum has been created for post-baccalaureate internships in the social and behavioral sciences. CRDS developed the PFP to meet this need.

Example: In 2018, CRDS noted that a large proportion of its target membership was credentialed by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. The board provides a list of professional skills required for certification but does not provide curriculum to teach and assess these skills. In 2018, CRDS became a continuing education provider with the board (verify here) and obtained legal authorization to create curriculum.

Step 2: Develop Partnerships to Build the PFP. Because curriculum is complex and time-consuming to develop, CRDS partnered with a book publisher who had developed similar curriculum through the board’s list in 2015. CRDS is in the process of converting the publisher’s copyrighted contents to a Creative Commons 4.0 – Attribution-Sharealike-Non-commercial license for public use.

Step 3: Stable releases and maintenance. CRDS uses tools from software development to track changes and manage releases.

C. Open Drawer Archive (ODA).

Through the ODA project, CRDS assists researcher-practitioners in the social and behavioral sciences with a repository for professional research and educational materials. ODA is a response to bias against non-significant results and preference for significant, low-probability findings in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

Step 1: Licensing donated materials. Donors provide materials to CRDS. We help them with permissions from employers, schools, and publishers to release copyrighted materials for public use. Next, CRDS helps the donor select and implement a suitable non-commercial license.

Step 2: Adding materials to ODA. CRDS adds compliant materials to ODA. These are tagged and added to existing projects from the PFP program. Materials are made available to the public and protected for long-term release.

Example: An assistant professor has numerous research and professional projects. A subset of these projects reaches an unusually high standard and is featured in the professor’s curriculum vitae. The professor has developed many more materials that do not see publication, including appendices, original educational materials for teaching, and professional documents for consulting projects. These projects are kept in the professor’s desk drawer or hard drive. The professor works with CRDS to license these materials for public use. Colleagues now have access to these materials, which are useful in meta-analysis and other activities.

Step 3: Outreach activities connect researchers with interested parties. The CRDS notifies individuals that new contents have been added to ODA within their areas of interest.

IV. Contact.

For more information, please contact CRDS using the information below.

                                   Name: Benjamin Theisen

Email: postmaster (at) cumulativerecords.org

                                   Address: 753 Rose Ln 866, Twin Peaks, CA 92391

                                   Phone: +1 (747) 333-8826

We thank you, our membership, for all of your support. To provide a donation, please contact postmaster (at) cumulativerecords.org. If you are a researcher-practitioner in the social and behavioral sciences, we look forward to the opportunity to show you what CRDS can do for you.

Sincerely,

Ben Theisen

Benjamin Theisen, PhD, MBA

Executive Director

Cumulative Records Documentation Society

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