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FAQs: Research Feedback Session for Auditing Researchers

Monday, November 4, 2019

Q:  Who is eligible to submit a request to participate in this event?
A:  Any and all academics – from doctoral students all the way up to full professors – are welcome to submit a request to participate. This opportunity is open to anyone who would like to receive feedback on their auditing research question. The RAB supports studies employing a wide range of research methodologies, including archival studies, meta analyses, modeling, literature reviews, behavioral/experimental research studies, descriptive analyses, etc.

Q:  Why do I have to describe my research idea using the Kinney Three Paragraphs?
A:  We believe that the researcher-practitioner interaction will be enhanced if the RAB members have had an opportunity to read a description of your research question, why you think it’s important, and how you are going to address your question.

Our goal is to provide access to as many researchers as possible during the time allotted at the 2020 Auditing Section Midyear Meeting. If the practitioners have an overview of your research question ahead of time, they will be in a better position to provide feedback.

Q:  Am I able to submit my request with my Kinney Three Paragraphs before the deadline of Midnight PST Monday, December 16, 2019?
A:  Yes. The CAQ is accepting completed requests from now until Midnight PST Monday, December 16, 2019 Our selections will be based on a lottery system. You will be notified by Wednesday, December 18, 2019 if you have been selected.

Q:  Do my Kinney Three Paragraphs have to follow any formatting specifications (single/double space, etc.)?
A:  No, the CAQ just needs to receive a 1–2-page Kinney Three Paragraphs stating what your research question is, why it’s important and how you plan to address it.

Q:  Can I ask questions of the RAB members in the room, while presenting?
A:  Yes, you will have the opportunity to ask questions. You can also include up to three questions at the end of your Kinney Three Paragraph document.

Q:  I plan to work with co-authors on my project. Can they participate in the “pitch” meeting?
A:  Yes. If your co-authors will be attending the MYM they are welcome to join you. Only one of you can make the 5-minute pitch, but all of you will be able to ask or answer questions.

Q:  I am not attending the Auditing Midyear Meeting. Can I still submit a request and make my pitch by telephone, Skype, or Zoom meeting?
A:  Unfortunately, all presentations must be made in person.

Q:  May we use PowerPoint slides or other technology in the presentation?
A:  There will be no technology in the room. If your presentation requires PPT, you will have to bring hardcopy.

Q:  I submitted a proposal in the past to the CAQ that did not receive an award. Can I submit that research idea through this process so that I can receive feedback? Should I resend my original proposal?
A:  If you would like to pitch a research idea and receive feedback, we encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity. Do not resubmit your original proposal, as the RAB members will not have time to read it. To be considered, please submit your research idea using the Kinney Three Paragraphs approach. Submit a request along with your Kinney Three Paragraphs to by Midnight PST Monday, December 16, 2019.

Q:  Am I required to submit a proposal for a CAQ Access to Audit Personnel (AAP) or Research Advisory Board (RAB) grant based on the research idea I present at this meeting?
A:  No, researchers are not required to apply for grants under either CAQ grant program. Our objective is to provide academic scholars with an opportunity to receive feedback and assistance in the development phase of their research project. However, we would hope that you would consider submitting your project for either an AAP or RAB grant.

Q:  I do plan to submit a proposal to one of the two CAQ grant programs in 2020. Will presenting my research idea in this forum at the Auditing Midyear Meeting guarantee that my proposal will be accepted for a grant award?
A:  The CAQ is committed to supporting valuable independent academic research that can have important, real-world impact on audit quality and the audit of the future. Having the opportunity to participate in this formal exchange about your research idea with several Research Advisory Board members should help you refine your project idea and help in its presentation in your submitted proposal. However, it is not a guarantee that your proposal will receive a CAQ grant award.

Q:  What is the difference between the Access to Audit Personnel (AAP) and Research Advisory Board (RAB) grant programs?
A:  The AAP program provides behavioral researchers with access to audit personnel to participate in scholarly research; data collection occurs between June and September of the award year. To qualify for consideration, AAP grant submissions must include a proposal as well as a well-developed data collection protocol/instrument. For more information on the AAP program please go here. The AAP program does not provide funding for travel to collect data nor are researchers provided stipends.

The RAB grant program is open to all research methodologies. Usually the research ideas submitted for RAB grants are in the early stages of development, and academics are seeking funding to support the further advancement of the research question and approach. Most RAB grant awardees are assigned one or more RAB members to serve as mentors who provide insights into practice and/or research methodology. A panel discussion at the 2016 CAQ symposium provides examples from two senior scholars about how this type of interaction with practitioners helped them with their research projects.

RAB grant awardees whose projects employ behavioral research methods that require access to audit personnel will receive access from the CAQ’s eight Governing Board firms.

RAB grant awardees also receive an invitation to the CAQ’s Annual Symposium, held the Sunday before the start of the AAA Annual Meeting. For more information on RAB funding grants please visit the Research Advisory Board Funding Grants page on the CAQ site.

Q:  I had planned to submit a proposal to the Access to Audit Personnel grant program in February. The feedback I receive from this session at the Midyear Meeting may require that I make significant revisions to my data collection protocol. I won’t be able to execute those changes in time for the February 6 submission deadline. What should I do?
A:  If you cannot make the changes you think are necessary by the AAP deadline of Midnight PST, Monday, February 6th, consider submitting your proposal to the RAB grant program. The deadline for RAB grant proposals is Midnight PDT, Thursday, March 16th. RAB grant submissions do not require a well-developed data collection protocol to be included with the proposal.

Q:  If I submit a behavioral research proposal through the RAB grant process for the 2020 grant cycle, will I be able to collect data during the summer of 2020 or will I have to wait until Spring 2021?
A:  RAB grant award winners are notified in May. If you have a fairly well-developed data collection protocol by May, it is possible that you will be able to administer your study over the summer months in the year the award is made.

Q:  Have the Request for Proposals (RFPs) for the AAP and RAB grants been released yet for 2020? Where can I find information on both?
A:  Yes. The AAP RFP was released in April 2019 and is available here.

The RAB grants RFP and the Topics of Interest for 2020 will be released in November 2019. Once released, these items will be posted on the CAQ website Research page.

Q:  Will there be opportunities to present research ideas in this kind of setting at next year’s Midyear meeting or at the AAA Annual Meeting in August?
A:  If there continues to be demand, the CAQ will continue to create opportunities for auditing academics to receive feedback on their research ideas.