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- A project proposal
- A literature review
- Primary Research
- Conduct a group organisers’ survey
- A list of career constraints, currently under review
Conduct a members’ survey
- Crowd-sourced write-ups on career products
- A comprehensive list of Potential Career Advice Products with links to similar efforts, costs, benefits, risks
- A list of Research Methods for Career Advice Products
- A list of potential Career Advice Prioritisation Criteria
- A WIP Guide to High Impact Career Research
- (Ongoing) Coordinating between people working on career projects and tracking progress
- Support Service Progress to date
- Monthly calls since Jan 2019 (Read our meeting minutes here)
- We helped facilitate the production of EA Israel’s Career Consultation guide.
- Coordinating org research, developing a guide to evaluating high-impact organisations
- (April 2020) An updated list of recommended career events for group organisers
- A list of potential experiments based on our research
- (April 2020) Summary write-up of the results of our group organiser survey
The following are projects we were considering but did not pursue as of May 2020.
Improving career advice impact tracking and metrics
I am confident that this needs to be worked on for LCAN’s work and any work in this space to be additive and valuable, precise details I am less confident on. Before we do any major project, I at least want a few testable hypotheses for metrics to experiment with. After speaking with Lauren at AAC, I’m more convinced that this is going to be important if I think LCAN is a generally promising idea.
Key requirements of any such system
- Standardization of data collection
- Quick access of data by all parties (CEA/LCAN/Group organisers)
- Relatively short forms with options for more in-depth responses.
- 1) Measuring group organisers’ impact on group members’ career trajectories for different events to
- Compare events with the same goals and target audience
- Compare events across local groups
- Data-driven decision-making
- A universal form makes real-time tracking and analysis possible, giving us (relatively) quicker feedback loops
- Consistent data collection
- 80K estimates it’ll take ~2 years to know the impact of an activity. We need to keep this in mind for some activities. Makes it hard since group organisers cycle out fairly frequently. This makes a stronger case for an external feedback system (ideally automated) that can gather this data even if a group organiser leaves.
- 2) Consider how to evaluate LCAN’s impact as well (after 1)
|Type of Form
|Ease of adoption
Track real impact and changes made by members,
Organisers may not know details of each person’s case, forget over time, have biases
- Have 1 universal form that group organisers can use to track impact. Results are anonymized but group-level data is available to all group organisers
- Form should have logic based on the goals of the event e.g. career 1-1s and career workshops should not have the same goals, they should not be measured with exactly the same metrics
- Caveat: organisers need to know why they are hosting X or Y event
- Groups can have custom links that pre-fill group name, event etc. It would be really cool if we could sync this data up to the EAGx/etc. Data that’s being collected, but not necessary.
- Can collect emails anonymously for follow-up feedback (or how it’s done with the EAG forms), in the form can explain why following up is really important.
- Also ask group organisers to send reminder follow-ups, but I think it’s better if this step is automated.
- CEA can require all group organisers who have any kind of funding to fill out event forms and ask them to deliver these members the feedback forms (Creating a general events form evaluation is a different task altogether, of course)
- Pre-registering events could be really cool! AAC is doing it. But it needs to be time-efficient and worthwhile for group organisers to do (especially for the entrepreneurial types :P)
- Hard to get buy-in from all group organisers without CEA
- I don’t think suggesting best practices are going to be very effective here. We will get piecemeal data which is a nightmare to analyse and not very reliable.
- How to adapt the metrics if they change/get updated - this is a general problem though.
- Is CEA on board with such an effort?
- Are group organisers on board? (Quick poll)
- Research existing 1-1 impact tracking amongst group organisers and establish best practices and weaknesses.
- We have a dozen or so organisers we can contact for follow-ups on running 1-1s
- Consult with 80K has created a new metric DIPYs, but we need to make sure it's relevant and good for group organiser contexts. I think their work will be a little less relevant to our tracking because they are niche.
- Consult with AAC