GUIDELINES FOR PROPOSAL SUBMISSIONS

Please submit your proposal by emailing info@civicpulse.org. The subject of your email should be “CP Omnibus Proposal: [Last Name], [First Name]”. The file name of your submission should be “LastName_FirstName_CPproposal” and saved as either a PDF or Microsoft Word Document.

A. Proposal options. You can choose one of two options:

  1. 500 respondents, at $1500 a minute, for a maximum of 3 minutes

  2. 200 respondents, at $600 a minute, for a maximum of 5 minutes

 

B. Components of a proposal. The proposal (single-spaced, 12-pt) should include the following two items:

  1. 1-page cover letter. This should briefly state your research question and motivation. Informal citations are okay but not required. This letter should also include your choice and justification of sample size (500 vs. 200 respondents). If you are including an experiment, please include a justification for the experiment as well (experiments are permissible but not encouraged − see evaluation criteria below).

  2. Annotated questionnaire. This is the core of the proposal. This should contain three subcomponents:

    1. Fully developed questions.

    2. Point values for time estimation, using this rubric​.

    3. Additional specifications or details, if necessary. This could include embedded variables (e.g., government_level which displays “municipality,” “township,” or “county,” depending on the respondent type) or the randomization of questions or answer order within questions.

C. Evaluation criteria. The proposal must meet the following three requirements:

  1. Questionnaire does not exceed the time limit (no more than 3 minutes for 500 respondents or 5 minutes for 200 respondents).

  2. Questionnaire is engaging and user-friendly. This means that it is:

    1. Easy to follow.

    2. Neither overly provocative nor likely to induce annoyance or anger.

    3. Reasonably relevant to the respondents’ jobs as local policymakers.

    4. Not designed to pursue partisan goals.

  3. Questionnaire does not seek to change the survey taker’s behavior nor does it include deception (explicit hypothetical situations are okay).

 

In addition, CivicPulse offers three recommendations to engage policymakers and help maintain long-term panel participation. Based on feedback from respondents, we recommend…

  1. Descriptive questions over survey experiments. Experimental modules are permissible, but they need to be justified and should be non-intrusive.

  2. Open-ended questions that allow survey respondents to explain their opinions.

  3. Projects that have the potential to be interesting or useful to policymakers themselves.

D. Expected Timeline

  1. July 31, 2019: Complete extremely brief, non-binding survey of interest

  2. September 30, 2019: Submission Deadline

  3. Late November 2019: Decisions will be made

  4. December 2019 - February 2020: Finalize surveys (additional correspondence with CP may be required).

  5. March 2020: Survey Launch

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