We want YOU for our focus group exploring research development certification!

NORDP launched the Certification Taskforce in Fall 2020 to explore the potential of certification for our organization. We have completed several brainstorming sessions, which resulted in a path forward for our work and requires your help. 

Fall 2021 will launch focus group discussions in parallel with examining the path to certification for other similarly situated organizations as a comparison. The focus group will inform the design of a member survey to explore overall interest in pursuit of certification for Research Development. 

We are holding four focus group sessions based on key demographics of our members:

  1. Transitioning to RD + Early Career (interested in career in RD but not in RD; currently working in RD <=3 years)
  2. Experienced (working in RD for >3 and <=10 years)
  3. Advanced (working in RD for >10 years, but not at an executive level)
  4. Executive (VP, Sr. Director)

These focus groups will be meeting during fall 2021. Participants will be asked to work with our facilitators for one 90-minute session. *Sessions will be recorded.* 

We are interested in hearing from RD professionals from all levels of experience as well as from all institutional designations and RD unit types.  Whether you are a leader in RD planning your personnel’s budget for professional development or an entry level RD professional seeking to gain knowledge and skills to take your career to the next level, we would love to hear from you!   

If you have interest in and ability to participate and identify with one of the above groups, please complete the interest form here: LINK. We ask that you submit your information on or before Aug 30, 2021. We will follow up with invitations throughout September for sessions in October. 

Thank you for your interest in supporting this work in support of NORDP’s KRA 3.4 – Career and Professional Development–Explore potential for formal certification of RD.