What we can offer:
- Share existing data: Researchers can request the existing data that have already been collected (please see our Data web page for more information on what kind of data are currently collected).
- Collect new data: If interesting ideas are presented, we will also consider collecting new data, that is measuring variables or creating experimental conditions that are currently not integrated in our project design.
- Work on developing research papers with you: Our team includes some of the world’s leading researchers. We would be happy to work with you and provide help with theory development, literature review, data analysis, and paper write up. Please see our Research Collaboration Principles page for the details on the coordination, workload distribution and authorship issues.
What we cannot offer:
- We cannot help you with collecting data for “your” study. We are often approached with request to distribute surveys among our students by researchers who have difficulty collecting data for their studies. We are not in a business of collecting data and we will generally turn down those requests.
Our students and the educational value of the X-Culture project are our main concerns. We will never jeopardize the quality of our teaching by overloading our students with unnecessary surveys. We collect only data that can help us generate knowledge that can directly benefit our students. So, generally, if it’s not about culturally diverse workplace, virtual collaboration or teamwork, we probably won’t be able to help you.
- We cannot accommodate every data request. We turn down the vast majority of requests for data collection. We are at a point when our students have “almost too many” surveys and adding new survey items requires that something is dropped in exchange.
Therefore, we must be very selective and can afford to consider only the most interesting and promising research proposals. Needless to say, any request that do not meet research ethics standard will not be considered.
Please note that while adding new items to our student survey may be close to impossible, requests to add new observational variables, or taking measures that do no require anything of our students would be easier to accommodate.
- We cannot share with you our student database. The privacy of our students is our major concern and under no circumstance will we share their names, emails, or other personal information.
- We will not work “for you”, only “with you”. We are not not selling our services and do not seek clients, only partners. We will be happy to share our data and resources with researchers who put forth interesting research ideas, but we will not have the resources to accommodate unreasonable requests for data preparation, analysis, and the like. We share with you what we have and we work together from there on.
How to Request Data icon-question-circle
To request existing data or collection of new data, please icon-envelope-o email us your research proposal.
There are no submission deadlines and no fixed research proposal formatting requirements, but the proposal must contain the following information:
- Research question(s) of the proposed study, no problem if specific hypotheses have not been developed yet, just a general research question or purpose of the study is sufficient at this stage. If available, it would also help to briefly describe the theoretical foundation of the study.
- Constructs: A bullet-list of constructs/variables that you would need from our existing database or additional measures that we need to add to our research design to collect new data. Please see the X-Culture Data webpage for what’s already measured.
If requesting new data to be collected, please attach a complete list of items, as well as detailes on the timing (when need to be measured) and other information on how the data should be collected.
- Expected research outcomes: A brief review of the goals and results of the study, expected publications, etc.
- Expected timing: Expected research project schedule and other timing information that can give us information as to how long it is likely to take to complete the project – very general information would be sufficient at this stage.
- Preferred Collaboration Mode: A summary of the researcher’s preferences as to collaboration with the X-Culture team, what resources are at the researcher’s disposal, what tasks or functions the researcher prefers to complete on his/her own and what tasks or functions the researcher prefers to be completed by collaborators from the X-Culture team, any other preferences with respect to communication, workload distribution, timing, co-author team composition, etc.
- CV of the researcher(s) submitting the proposal.
- Other: Any other information you feel would be relevant.