1. All requests must include a completed ASPS Survey Application Form.
2. The ASPS Survey Application Form must be specific and detailed and clearly state the rationale for the request and its potential uses.
3. The ASPS Survey Application Form will be reviewed by ASPS staff and leadership, which will make final decisions on project collaboration and release of survey data and information upon conclusion of the survey. Applications will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
a. Quality - Significance of the research question and the potential to expand the knowledge base.
b. Feasibility - Can data and/or information derived from the survey tool collected through an unsolicited, online questionnaire address the intended purpose of the data collection?
c. Conflicts - Is there apprehension regarding the purpose of the request and how the data and/or information will be used? Is this information currently being collected or addressed by an ASPS or PSF committee or project?
4. The party initiating the survey request agrees to use the survey data only for the approved purposes described in the ASPS Survey Application Form. If he/she later wishes to use the survey data for a new purpose, he/she must inform ASPS of how the data will be used.
5. ASPS will build, distribute and administer the survey to a random cohort of approximately 2,500 active members that is comparable with the overall member base. To certify that survey results received will best reflect views of the entire ASPS population, the sample size for any ASPS distributed survey project will fall within a 5% calculated margin of error (or confidence interval) at a confidence level of 95%. A typical response rate for an ASPS unsolicited survey is between 11-15%. ASPS cannot gaurantee what the response rate will turn out to be.
6. ASPS will charge a one-time collaboration fee of $2000 for distribution and administration of all unsolicited member initiated surveys. Non-members of the ASPS will be subject to additional charges.
7. In situations where there is a need to develop a more complex survey tool, an additional fee may be charged.
8. ASPS may elect to add or modify 'practice information' type survey questions so as to be consistent with how ASPS typically asks 'practice information' questions in other surveys ASPS administers.
9. ASPS will maintain a record of all survey data and information released. ASPS will keep a copy of the dataset generated from the questionnaire associated with the Survey Application Form for this request.
10. ASPS will provide the party initiating the survey request with a copy of the final dataset.
11. The party initiating the survey request agrees to first submit the data/findings to the Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, PRS-GO, and/ or Plastic Surgery News first before releasing to other parties and/or for publication in other sources. The parties acknowledge that after publication, ASPS may use the data for articles and/or reports in other ASPS communications.
12. The party initating the survey request shall not use the name of ASPS or PSF or the name of any director, officer, staff member or employee of ASPS in advertising, promotional, or sales literature without the written consent of ASPS.
13. The party initiating the survey request agrees to obtain ASPS's prior review and approval before citing ASPS as a data source for studies, publications, and other applications associated with the data collected through the request described in the corresponding "ASPS Survey Application Form." All ASPS member survey data or information collected that is used in reports, presentations, or articles must be dated and sourced to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons/Plastic Surgery Foundation (ASPS/PSF).