INTRODUCTION

This survey covering international collaborations was designed in June-July 2005 by the survey consultant after extensive input from the U.S. National Committee for the International Union of Psychological Science. It was sent to 53 persons identified by the committee members. There were 21 respondents (as of January 5); after follow-up, 26 had responded (as of May 1, 2006). The response rate is just short of 50 percent. One respondent noted that filling out the survey was “burdensome”; others did not comment (or indicated that they were pleased to reflect on these topics).1 There was variation in the length of responses, but on the whole they were thoughtful. The questions seem to cover the major themes. The projects reported on had been funded by a variety of governmental and nongovernmental sources (inside and outside the United States) and ranged in duration from several decades to quite brief periods.

In the opinion of those answering this survey, international collaborative research is making a positive contribution to many subfields of psychology. Psychologists who are involved seem ready to reflect on ways to make it more feasible and more attractive to other scholars. International collaboration has a role to play in advancing psychology as a science, in building scientific capacity, and in informing policy and practice in the United States and worldwide.

Parts A (general information) and C (suggestions) of the survey included open-ended questions only. Part B asked for a rating of the extent of problems experienced (on a scale from 1 to 4, with 4 indicating extensive problems), followed by a narrative response. Responses from Part C are incorporated into Part B or included in the section of this report presenting recommendations.

SUMMARY OF RESPONSES TO PART A OF THE SURVEY

Clusters Representing Five Types of Projects

These projects have been classified into five clusters according to information provided in the topic/title and purpose sections of the survey (see Table D1).

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Each of the 26 respondents was counted as one project, even if two or more related activities or subprojects were included in the responses.



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