Take the AAAS State of Scientific Community Management Survey!

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Back in November, we announced the new AAAS Community Engagement Fellows Program. To recap: With support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, AAAS will run a one year pilot program to support the professional development of community engagement experts in the scientific community.

Starting in January 2017, an initial cohort of 18 community professionals will receive training and ongoing support to help strengthen and professionalize the role of community engagement within large-scale scientific collaborations and associations.

Figuring out the landscape of scientific community managers

Our first step is to assess the current landscape of scientific community engagement.

We want to understand the nature of the communities being supported as well as the availability of resources for scientific community managers. We’re also keen to learn what background scientific community managers have, as well as where within their organization their role fits.

To do all this, AAAS has collaborated with The Community Roundtable (The CR), a professional membership organization with expertise in community management. For many years, The Community Roundtable has been providing two annual reports: one focused on the state of community management within corporate organizations and the other looking at the salaries and professional development opportunities for community managers. AAAS has decided to partner with The CR to benefit from their deep expertise in surveying community management as a profession.

We need your help!

Now that our survey’s ready, we need your help!

If you are involved in managing a scientific community of any size, discipline or composition, anywhere in the world, please take 15 minutes to fill in our survey.

You have until Friday June 10th to do so – and you can take it all in one go or save your results and complete it in several sittings.

Who’s the survey intended for?

Whether you’re supporting a multi-institutional research collaboration, organizing a community of practice, or facilitating member engagement at a scientific society we want to hear from you!

Please also share the survey link: https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/2642025/AAAS-State-of-Scientific-Community-Management-Survey with any scientific community engagement experts you know. The more data we gather, the better we can understand the picture of modern scientific community management and deliver useful resources via the AAAS Community Engagement Fellows Program.

All survey responses will be kept confidential and we promise not to add you to any mailing lists or forward your data onto anyone else without your permission.

A report on our findings will be made freely available at the conclusion of the study.

If you have any questions, please email us at communityfellows@aaas.org