ASHA Researchers: Data Snapshots ASHA fielded a survey of communication sciences and disorders researchers in 2008 to gather information about their education and preparation, study areas, evidence-based practice, research mentoring, domestic and international collaborations, publications and online tools, reviewer experiences, financial and institutional support, and ASHA’s role in supporting researchers. The survey was sent ... ASHA News
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ASHA Researchers: Data Snapshots
The ASHA Leader, October 2010, Vol. 15, 20-22. doi:10.1044/leader.AN2.15122010.20
The ASHA Leader, October 2010, Vol. 15, 20-22. doi:10.1044/leader.AN2.15122010.20
ASHA fielded a survey of communication sciences and disorders researchers in 2008 to gather information about their education and preparation, study areas, evidence-based practice, research mentoring, domestic and international collaborations, publications and online tools, reviewer experiences, financial and institutional support, and ASHA’s role in supporting researchers.
The survey was sent to 1,233 potential respondents (ASHA constituents who indicated researcher as their primary or secondary employment function and individuals who answered an e-mail advertisement), 303 of whom responded for a useable response rate of 24.6%. Some of the data highlights are provided below. Full survey results and an executive summary are available at the research section of ASHA’s website.
Applying for Research Funding
The majority of respondents (77%) reported applying for research funding from 2003 to 2008. Slightly less than a quarter (23%) had not applied for funding. Of this group, about a third indicated lack of skill in grant writing was a factor.
Reasons for not applying for funding (see Table 1 [PDF])
Researcher Development
Respondents were asked what types of experiences contributed positively to their development as a researcher. Responses to this question totaled 303; respondents were asked to indicate all that apply (see Table 2 [PDF]).
Collaborations
80% of respondents have been involved in domestic research collaborations in the past five years.
31% of respondents have collaborated on international research projects in the past five years.
Barriers
Respondents were given a list of six barriers they may have experienced in working toward their research agenda in the past five years and asked to rate those factors as “surmountable,” “insurmountable,” or “not a barrier.”
The item most frequently cited as “insurmountable” was high volume of administrative duties, followed closely by insufficient release time, a high teaching load, and inadequate funding. The item most frequently cited as “surmountable” was factors inherent to the nature of a research program.
Possible barriers to accomplishing research agenda (see Table 3 [PDF])
Resources at www.asha.org
The research page on the ASHA website offers links to a variety of resources for researchers in audiology and speech-language pathology, including funding opportunities, evidence-based practice, educational and mentoring programs, and survey results. Specific topics include:
Evidence-Based Practice
  • Introduction to evidence-based practice (EBP)

  • Key steps in the EBP process

  • Compendium of EBP guidelines and systematic reviews

  • ASHA evidence maps

  • Evidence-based systematic reviews from ASHA’s National Center for Evidence-Based Practice in Communication Disorders (N-CEP)

  • Web tutorials

  • Glossary of EBP terms

  • National Outcomes Measurement System (NOMS)

Educational and Mentoring Programs
  • Clinical Practice Research Institute

  • Lessons for Success: Developing the Emerging Scientist

  • Grant review and reviewer training

  • Annual National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)-sponsored research symposium at the ASHA convention

  • ASHA convention science and research sessions

Awards, Grants, and Funding
  • ASHA award programs

  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation award programs

  • Financial aid resources for students

  • Federal and private funding sources

Getting Started
  • Incidence and prevalence of speech, language, voice, and hearing disorders

  • Establishing and maintaining interdisciplinary collaborations

  • Electronic research databases

  • Guidelines for the Responsible Conduct of Research: Ethics and the Publication Process

  • Researcher “how-tos”: write grants, prepare presentations, publish research

Results of ASHA Surveys
  • Membership

  • 2010 Health Care Business Institute

  • Researchers (see p. 20 for samples of survey data)

  • Audiology

  • Economic impact

  • Encroachment

  • Leadership program

  • Schools

  • Speech-language pathology health care

  • Salary data

  • Omnibus survey archive

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