Connecting Practitioners With Academic Research Changes Improve Quality of Survey Links Program
MI Academic Resources has re-
cently made several important
improvements to its Survey Links
program. Survey Links offers academic
researchers access to a large group of
qualified respondents on project man-
agement-related subjects. The program
is free of charge, and is open to re-
searchers in both PMI-sponsored and
nonsponsored research projects, as well
as to graduate students in project man-
agement and related fields.
The changes made to the Survey
Links policy require that surveys ad-
here to generally accepted practices in
questionnaire construction, and that
they be designed to generate new
knowledge in project management.
Survey Links was introduced in 2004.
Since then, academic researchers have
submitted a number of surveys of a noncommercial nature. Upon approval, these
surveys were posted on PMI.org for 60
days. By using an external link to the survey, PMI ensured that information gathered was available only to the researcher.
Under the new policy, researchers must
thoroughly review the literature in their
fields to determine the fit between their
projects and the existing body of knowledge. The key purpose of the research
must be established and communicated
in the Survey Links application. The application also requires:
; Evidence of ethics clearance by the
; A confidentiality statement;
; A copy of the survey; and
; A biographical sketch of the researcher.
Attracting More and
In addition to improving the quality of
surveys, PMI also seeks to improve the
number and quality of respondents the
surveys attract. Large sample sizes are
generally needed in order to perform
statistical analyses and reach meaning-
After collecting the data, researchers
were required to submit a summary of
the survey results and preliminary conclusions to PMI for publication on its
website. This arrangement allowed the
project management community to
stay abreast of timely research in the
field while providing research investigators the opportunity to gather information relevant to their studies.
Members of the Academic Member Advisory Group will review the purpose of
the study and the survey against a set of
evaluation criteria, check for the required documentation, assure that the
survey will be used for noncommercial
purposes and verify that the narrative is
properly written. Only surveys that
meet these requirements and are favorably reviewed will be posted to the Research section of PMI.org.
Practitioners are encouraged to check
the Survey Links website ( www.PMI.
org/Knowledge-Center/Surveys-Tell-Us-What-You-Think. aspx) frequently
for new surveys in their area of interest
and/or expertise. Participants are invited to check back to see the results
and conclusions of previously posted
Although the program has been
active for seven years, PMI recently
revisited its Survey Links policy.
The data collection procedures and
the policy regarding publication of
results and preliminary conclusions
remain unchanged. Several impor-
tant revisions have been adopted
in order to strengthen the quality
of surveys and attract a larger pool
Connecting qualified practitioners with
ongoing academic research in their field
ensures that pertinent data will be col-
lected and that relevant research will be
conducted. The Survey Links pro-
gram encourages project manage-
ment research by making the
process simple and effective.
Building on a base of survey re-
sults, researchers can continue to
make strides in advancing knowl-
edge in the field.
— Bridget Lamb
Summer Intern, PMI