Thank you for your interest in partnering with PAR on data collection, research, or publishing. We cannot publish new tests, revise older tests, or conduct research without the contributions and expertise of mental health professionals such as yourself! Please review the information below to get more information and requirements about your area of interest.
Data collectors are an integral part of test development because you provide the clinical, standardization, and reliability samples that help us create our products. Common professional titles of our data collectors are clinical psychologists, neuropsychologists, psychometricians, school psychologists, and other mental health professionals.
PAR is currently collecting normative, reliability, and validity data for several new tests in development. Data collectors are responsible for obtaining test subjects based on the specific project needs as outlined by the Data Collection Coordinator and are compensated on a “per case” basis that varies with each project.
Sample needs vary by project. All our project samples are designed to be representative of the U.S. Census; therefore, each data collection project requires specific participant demographic characteristics. Many projects require both clinical and standardization, or normative, data. For each project, you’ll be informed of the sample needs as well as exclusion and inclusion criteria for participants. For any questions or concerns about data collection with PAR, please contact email@example.com.
Professionals who are appropriately trained to administer, score, and interpret psychological tests are welcome to collect data on the tests we develop. For many projects, we welcome trainees under the supervision of a qualified professional to collect data as well.
Sample needs vary by project. All our project samples are designed to be representative of the U.S. Census; therefore, each data collection project requires specific participant demographic characteristics. Many projects require both clinical and standardization, or normative, data. For each project, you’ll be informed of the sample needs as well as exclusion and inclusion criteria for participants.
Research participants do not need to register or provide contact information prior to being tested for data collection purposes. When a project begins, you are free to recruit eligible participants to which you have access. Research participants will sign a unique informed consent form, which PAR will provide, for each project.
Typically, PAR offers examiners/data collectors an option for either cash payments or credit toward PAR products and has provisions for compensating examinees. PAR pays for all shipping and handling fees arising from data collection.
Data collectors are compensated on a weekly basis via direct deposit for cases completed during the previous week across all open projects. We do not collect personal or tax information from research participants; therefore, PAR pays only examiners. You may elect to distribute some of this compensation to your participants in the form of gift cards, which can be purchased by PAR and sent to you to distribute. Many projects offer a choice of cash payment or PARiConnect product credit.
Data collectors for PAR are encouraged to get involved in data collection projects that pique their interest and need participants to which they have access. There is no minimum requirement for completing cases. However, we do set a maximum number of cases that can be accepted from any one examiner/site so that we can ensure geographic diversity in our samples.
Data collectors/examiners are expected to uphold ethical professional principles and integrity by providing accurate, complete, and valid data to the best of their ability and keeping PAR proprietary information confidential.
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PAR is always interested in ideas for assessment instruments that reflect new research and perspectives, and we invite you to be a part of our future. Psychological assessment is a rapidly changing field, and, at PAR, we want to provide our customers with the tools they need to support the important work they do. Throughout our history, we have worked with some of the most respected authors in the field, and now we’re working to help build the next generation of psychological assessment expertise. Naturally, technology will be a part of that future, and PAR is evaluating the many ways advances in technology can be used to improve the usability, flexibility, efficiency, and effectiveness of our products.
If you are developing an assessment resource that may be appropriate for PAR, or if you have ideas about enhancements or extensions to current PAR products, please contact us. We encourage you to get in touch as early as possible in the development process to discuss your product idea or proposal and to identify the ways we can assist you in shaping your project for greater potential success. Authors of testing instruments accepted for publication will receive guidelines for the preparation of files, format, style, and other essential information. Review the Proposal Requirements document for an outline of what should be addressed in your proposal.
Be assured that all materials submitted to PAR are the exclusive property of the author(s) and are accessible only on a need-to-know basis. All reviews are conducted in a confidential manner, and no one else is informed that you have submitted materials to PAR for review.
We hope that you will consider working with PAR to develop the next generation of psychological assessment materials. Together, we can create connections and change lives.
Melissa Messer, MHS
Vice President of R&D, Chief Product Officer
16204 North Florida Avenue
Lutz, FL 33549
Phone: 813.968.3003 / Fax: 813.449.4114
The purpose of PAR’s Data Program, a research program launched by PAR in 2020, is to gather additional data on our existing tests with the goal further validating our instruments as well as identifying and developing product enhancements and features that will allow our customers to better meet the needs of those they serve.
In alignment with the Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing (American Educational Research Association, American Psychological Association, & National Council on Measurement in Education, 2014), PAR has always emphasized fairness in all aspects of test development across diverse populations and contexts. However, one real challenge in product development is having access to these populations. We invite clinicians, research, and other professionals to partner with PAR to advance the breadth and scope of solutions we are able to provide across a wide range of populations, with a focus on underserved populations.
Partner and collaborate with professionals who have collected data with one or more PAR products. Enhance our existing solutions in order to increase the number of individuals our customers are able to serve. Over the long term, develop an open-source repository where data can be shared with researchers, clinicians, and other professionals.
Interested in participating? Please complete the 5-minute Data Program Survey.
PAR invites proposals from non-student investigators for research and development on PAR instruments. Only one proposal per investigator will be considered unless PAR has expressly invited specific proposals.
Priority will be given to studies that:
Although these areas have been identified as research priorities, we do not wish to discourage the submission of proposals in other areas that focus on the use of PAR instruments.
Complete the downloadable Research Proposal Form, providing thorough and detailed responses. Requests will be formally reviewed by the PAR’s Research & Development Team as to the quality of the proposal and the importance of the proposed research/development. The team will be asked to comment on the strengths and/or weaknesses of proposals. Proposals will be reviewed two times during the calendar year (May 1 and October 1).
Research Proposal Form
Email the form and investigator’s curriculum vitae to:
Melissa Messer, MHS
Vice President of R&D, Chief Product Officer