Task Force on Research/Data and Evaluation

I. Purpose

The Task Force on Research/Data and Evaluation is responsible for exploring the feasibility of creating a standing body within SAA to conduct, facilitate, and/or evaluate research that is practical, useful, and meaningful for SAA and the archival community. The Task Force may take on one or more pilot projects if it believes that this experience would aid in making recommendations about a standing body.

II. Selection, Size, and Length of Term

The Task Force is charged for an 18-month period that begins in May 2017 and continues through the Council’s November 2018 meeting.

The Task Force will comprise six SAA members, one of whom will serve as chair. Task Force members will be appointed by the vice president/president-elect.

III. Reporting Procedures

The Task Force chair will prepare a written status report for each of the Council’s spring and winter meetings, and will prepare for Council consideration at its fall/winter 2018 meeting a final written report with recommendations. Should the Task Force recommend that a standing group be created, it should include in its final report a draft charge/description for that group.

IV. Duties and Responsibilities

To fulfill its purpose as described above, the Task Force is specifically charged to:

  • Determine whether sufficient need exists to justify the effort and costs associated with establishing a standing body to conduct, facilitate, and/or evaluate research that is meaningful for SAA and the archival community.
  • Determine how such a standing body should be structured, staffed, and governed.
  • Determine how such a standing body might be financed and supported.
  • Propose how such a standing body might interact with other SAA groups.
  • Propose how such a standing body might interact with external groups.

In addition to the deliberative work assigned above, the Task Force should actively pursue one or two pilot projects as a means of 1) testing initial assumptions and 2) incrementally developing a potential operational model for a standing body.

Reference: See “Proposal for a Committee on Research and Evaluation”—and particularly “A Conceptual Framework” on pages 3-5 of that document—prepared by Immediate Past President Dennis Meissner for the November 2016 SAA Council meeting.

V. Meetings

The Task Force will carry out its charge primarily via electronic mail, conference calls, online meetings, and face-to-face meetings held in conjunction with the SAA Annual Meeting. Should the Task Force determine that an additional face-to-face meeting would be beneficial, it must apply to the Council (through the Executive Office) for funding. 

Adopted by the SAA Council: May 2017.