Technical Production Assistance Program (TPAP)

TPAP pairs experts with a technical producer for 1-3 years at no cost. The goal is to produce lasting, professional educational materials for public use.

This page provides an overview of TPAP with links to learn more information.

A TPAP content creator making YouTube videos with a CRDS technical producer. CRDS provides on-site filming services at no charge. The program lasts 1-3 years.

Now Accepting Applications for summer 2019-2021!

We have up to 3 openings for creators in Southern California.
Download the TPAP Application here.

Deadline: June 1, 2019.


We have met incredible researcher-practitioners over the years who yearn to share their expertise with more audiences. They have great ideas for making materials (e.g., video series, educational materials, exercises, best practice guides), but years roll by and nothing happens.

Through TPAP, experts partner with a technical producer on a 1-3 year project to document their expertise for public use. TPAP participants see their work evolve as they get feedback from warm audiences.

Technical producers provide studio equipment and start-to-finish production services. Content creators never touch the equipment or edit footage.

This is special in so many ways. Top notch equipment with persons who are top notch technical experts. They bring the studio to you. But they do it such a way that you take your time. They let you fumble around with things in a collaborative, fun way so you can find out what your on-camera style is like. It takes time but that’s okay because you will have that time. Once you discover your voice, you will have something that lasts and is unique to you. After that, it’s all rock ‘n roll. It is full service from beginning to end in every respect.

TPAP participant, “The Essence of Regression.”

What does tpap provide?

Through TPAP, CRDS provides content creators with the resources needed to produce non-commercial educational content for public use. We help with big things, like planning the project and bringing professional video equipment to you (see TOP in step 1, below). We help with small things, like whether to try to be fun and funny on camera or play it straight.

Definition: Content Creator

For TPAP, we define a “content creator” as a researcher-practitioner in the social and behavioral sciences whose expertise offers a significant potential benefit to the public.

Preferred Qualifications

We select content creators who are qualified to share their expertise with public audiences. Successful applicants provide verifiable support for the relatedness of their qualifications and expertise. We value diversity and encourage applicants from non-traditional backgrounds. Expertise must be within the social or behavioral sciences. Written and oral communication should be easy to follow for native speakers of that language.

Do personality traits matter?

In terms of video production, some of the best creators are introverts who needed to develop certain skills to shoot good videos. They did not have a natural “camera presence” and dealt with fears around seeing/hearing themselves on camera, second-guessing their expertise, and experimenting with how much energy or personality to show on camera. These are very healthy signs of high-potential content creators.

What really matters is that you are a serious person within your area of expertise. You are demanding on yourself to get things right in terms of what you do in your career. You have this inner voice despite self-doubts you may have. It’s the voice in the back of your head that keeps telling you, “People need to hear my unique perspective. I’ve got to get my expertise out there.”

TPAP participant, “The Essence of Regression.”

Lasting educational materials take time to build and we support our creators throughout the process.

training for technical producers

CRDS technical producers are trained to be like a Swiss-army multitool for content creators. They must demonstrate competency in the following areas: broadcast audio/video production, digital typesetting, copyright licensing, project management, computer systems administration, and communication.

A TPAP participant pauses for a candid portrait at a planning session. The photo was used later for the content creator’s YouTube channel art.

The TPAP Process

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.

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.).

A TPAP participant’s YouTube channel trailer. It was filmed in the third year of the program.

Case Study: The Essence of Regression.

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.