Appendix E
Survey Questionnaire: Building International Collaborations in Psychological Research: Reflections on Successful International Collaborations

Thank you for your time in completing this survey for the U.S. National Committee for the International Union of Psychological Science. Data collected from this survey will be used to assist the U.S. National Committee (USNC) in planning for a workshop on international collaborations in social and behavioral research. The USNC is going to develop case studies, so there is every chance that the data will not truly be anonymous. However, if there are aspects of your responses that you would like to keep completely anonymous, up to the entire survey, we are happy to do so. Simply indicate this on your response. We will draw up an invitation list to attend the workshop from those who complete the survey.

The committee has identified five thematic areas to which we would like your responses in addition to some basic background information. Under each theme there are several questions to prompt your thinking. On some you may have quite a lot to say, while others may not be relevant. If you have any brief anecdotes that illustrate a point, include them. Under four of the themes you are also asked to make a rating about how problematic these issues were in the project. These ratings have been included to give the committee guidance about where to focus the workshop or other follow-up activities.

The last section asks for your reflections about the positives and negatives in your experience and for suggestions about initiatives that might be undertaken by the USNC. If you don’t have time to give detailed reactions



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appendix e survey Questionnaire: building International Collaborations in psychological Research: Reflections on successful International Collaborations thank you for your time in completing this survey for the U.s. national Committee for the International Union of psychological science. data collected from this survey will be used to assist the U.s. national Committee (UsnC) in planning for a workshop on international collabora- tions in social and behavioral research. the UsnC is going to develop case studies, so there is every chance that the data will not truly be anonymous. however, if there are aspects of your responses that you would like to keep completely anonymous, up to the entire survey, we are happy to do so. simply indicate this on your response. We will draw up an invitation list to attend the workshop from those who complete the survey. the committee has identified five thematic areas to which we would like your responses in addition to some basic background information. Under each theme there are several questions to prompt your thinking. on some you may have quite a lot to say, while others may not be relevant. If you have any brief anecdotes that illustrate a point, include them. Under four of the themes you are also asked to make a rating about how problem- atic these issues were in the project. these ratings have been included to give the committee guidance about where to focus the workshop or other follow-up activities. the last section asks for your reflections about the positives and nega- tives in your experience and for suggestions about initiatives that might be undertaken by the UsnC. If you don’t have time to give detailed reactions 

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0 APPEndIX E under the themes, please do complete part a (basic information), the ratings in part b, and part C (the section on reflections). there are two modes of response. You can enter the material on the Web site or you can use the Word document (attached to the e-mail that you will receive) to fill in responses under each theme and return it to us as an attachment (including your name or project name in the file name). our hope is that each project’s thematic summary will be between 3 and 6 pages in length. We are interested in the process of scientific collaboration during the research. You may want to cite some of the research findings as they are relevant to the process, but the focus is not on findings. You may want to synthesize your experience on two or three projects (or report on one while indicating that there are other projects on which you might be willing to report in the future). Part A: basic Information 1. title of the internationally collaborative project on which you are re- porting (add a short description if the title is not self-explanatory): 2. Your name, address, and role on the project: 3. Countries from which collaborators came (in alphabetical order or by level of involvement; if not too burdensome, list collaborating institutes, universities, or organizations within the countries): 4. Major sources of funds for the project: 5. dates of international collaboration on this project (in phases if appropriate): 6. International or professional organization(s) with which the project is affiliated (if any):

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 APPEndIX E 7. the key research questions and/or goals of this project: 8. did the project involve (check all that apply): ____ human adults ____ human infants or children ____ animals ____ human tissue, blood samples, other biomedical material ____ access to documents or records ___________________ ____ other:_______________________________ 9. Citation of one major report or publication from the project (preferably a recent one that includes a summary or abstract of project findings): 10. Web site(s), if available: 11. name and contact information for one other collaborator from another country: 12. other internationally collaborative projects on which you would be willing to report: Part b: Themes for Short Narratives (and Ratings) Theme 1. value Added Through International Collaboration: possible questions to address: What did you hope to learn from the cross-na- tional collaboration? What theoretical, content focus, or previous research findings prompted international work? Was the international collaboration expected to contribute to the translation of scientific findings into policy and practice?

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 APPEndIX E Theme 2. Participants and Personnel Overall rating for this theme (use bold to indicate your rating): few problems arose in this area 1 2 3 4 Many problems arose in this area possible questions to address: Where and when did you meet your collabo- rators? What did you and your collaborators do to initiate the project? at what levels of training were the collaborators (e.g., established or younger scholars), and were there differences in their involvement? Were collabora- tors from more than one discipline or from more than one subdiscipline within psychology? how did cultural differences in leadership style or dif- ferences in concepts of how to conduct research in psychology influence the research? did informal groups form that helped or hindered the research process? Were there problems with participants’ expectations (e.g., regard- ing funding)? Theme 3. Conduct of the Research Overall rating for this theme (use bold to indicate your rating): few problems arose in this area 1 2 3 4 Many problems arose in this area possible questions to address: how was the methodology decided on and to what extent did each collaborator have a say about the methods used? Was the emphasis on using existing methods or developing new approaches? how were translation and cultural adaptation of measures dealt with? What checks were there on fidelity of implementation? how were samples drawn, and were there concerns about comparability? how was the time schedule determined? Theme 4. Practical Issues Overall rating for this theme (use bold to indicate your rating): few problems arose in this area 1 2 3 4 Many problems arose in this area possible questions to address: how was the funding infrastructure managed? how were issues of research regulation and IRb handled? Were incentives given to research participants? With what bureaucracies did you have to deal? Were there problems with immigration/visas for meetings? how much

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 APPEndIX E of the communication was face to face? how much communication was by e-mail or electronic conferencing? Were texts of instruments or publications shared and edited internationally? Theme 5. Data Access and Publications Overall rating for this theme (use bold to indicate your rating): few problems arose in this area 1 2 3 4 Many problems arose in this area possible questions to address: how were the data managed and shared? has the full dataset been released to all collaborators? to other interested researchers? how was the authorship of publications decided? What issues arose in the interpretation or communication of findings? What others is- sues of intellectual property arose? Suggest other important themes and issues that ought to be considered. Part C: Summary and Reflections Reflections 1: The conditions, events, policies, or people that facilitated your international scientific collaboration. Reflections 2: The most important challenges or obstacles you faced in conducting this international collaborative research and how you and your collaborators dealt with them.

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 APPEndIX E Reflections 3: Recommendations you have for others embarking on international collaborative research. Initiatives that could be under- taken by the U.S. National Committee for Psychological Science to further international collaborative research.