Mission Statement and Action Plan

Mission statement : 

From its knowledge of European Psychological Research, CSA will recommend to EFPA’s EC changes that can enhance and improve the quality, reputation and impact of research carried out within all member associations. 

 Action plan : 

To achieve the above, the committee 

1. Responds to requests from the EC on matters relating to psychological science

2. Acts in a liaison role between EFPA and individual MAs (or their scientific committees)

3. Produces evaluations and recommendations on the regulation of psychological science to be posted on the EFPA website (CSA page), to encourage pan-European convergence, on matters including

a. Ethical standards in psychological research

b. Qualifications, particularly the research PhD

4. Advises EFPA and publisher on the scientific aspects of the European Psychologist journal (receiving and commenting on an annual report from the Editor-in-Chief)

5. Provides guidance on scientific matters relating to European Congresses of Psychology

6. Assists with the process of allocating prizes (Wundt/James, and Aristotle prizes)

7. Reports annually, either to the EFPA EC or General Assembly 

To achieve the above, the committee will at least, in the next 3 years: 

1. Consider its remit at each of its meetings and comment to EC where old tasks have been completed or new tasks should be adopted (on-going)

2. Ensure that MAs are aware of requests for prize nominations, and familiar with the progress made by CSA via reports as requested by scientific and research boards or committees of member associations; liaise with EC over nominations of experts for the EFPA expert database (on-going)

3. Post an ethics-in-research document on the website (October 2010), propose it for adoption by EFPA (EC, 2011) and revisit/amend it on the basis of comments received (2012, 2013); post a minimum standards for the Euro-PhD document on the EFPA website (2010), present it at a workshop during the ECP 2011, propose it for adoption by EFPA (EC, 2011), and revisit/amend it based on comments received (2012, 2013).

4. Participate in discussions with the publisher, Editor in Chief and EFPA President (December 2010); invite the Editor in Chief to a meeting of CSA (March 2011), and monitor progress with new developments for the journal, including scientific contents (2011, 2012, 2013); respond to the annual report from the Editor in Chief (2011).

5. Post evaluation document on the EFPA website in October 2010; set up an evaluation subcommittee for ECP Istanbul (March 2011), post the evaluation results and provide feedback to the conference organising committee (2012). Contact the Swedish Association regarding ECP 2013 (2011/2012).

6. Respond to requests from EFPA Head Office, appoint members of prize award committees (2010, 2012), contact member associations regarding nominations (2012).

7. Submit reports as necessary (2011, 2012, 2013) and undertake any new tasks requested by the executive committee of EFPA.