Request for Proposals (RFP) to Introduce
to the 2009/10 British Election Study
The British Election Study (BES) is an important public research resource that is open to user community consultation and is responsive to its participation. Openness and responsiveness serve to maximize the value of the BES for researchers and others, to achieve an appropriate combination of continuity and innovation, and to advance the overall integrity of the BES as a valuable research and teaching resource.
Accordingly, the 2009-10 British Election Study requests proposals from the user community to introduce new questions. Proposals are expected to address the criteria listed below for introducing new questions on any of the four components of the 2009-10 BES. As detailed in the 2009-10 BES design of surveys provided in Appendix 1, the four components are:
- pre-election and/or post-election ‘core’ surveys; the post-election core survey will include Scottish and Welsh booster samples – both in-person surveys will use CAPI technology and will be conducted by BMRB;
- post-election self-completion mail-back questionnaire;
- campaign internet panel surveys (CIPS) including the pre-campaign baseline survey, the rolling campaign survey, and the post-election survey – these national internet surveys will be conducted by YouGov;
- continuous monitoring surveys (CMS) conducted each month over the July 2008 – June 2012 period – these national internet surveys will also be conducted by YouGov.
Criteria For Submitting a Proposal
Proposals in support of introducing a new survey question or a set of survey questions to the 2009-10 BES in-person core surveys, the self-completion mail-back questionnaire, the campaign internet panel surveys, and/or the continuous monitoring surveys should address the following criteria that pertain to: (a) topical relevance; (b) theoretical motivation; and (c) administrative feasibility.
- A justification of introducing new question(s) that refers to one or more of the four objectives stated in the Economic and Social Research Council’s (ESRC) Specification for the Appointment of the Scientific Leadership Team for the 2009/10 British Election Study. These objectives involve explanations of (1) why people do or do not vote; (2) why people vote for particular political parties; (3) what factors produced the election outcome; and (4) how elections affect democracy and politics in the UK more generally.
- A brief statement of the theories or the explanations that the proposed question(s) relate to.
- An indication of where the question(s) might fit into one or more components of the 2009-10 BES (see Appendix 1), and a justification of this placement.
- A statement of the administrative or technical feasibility, the measurement issues, and the value-for-money of introducing the new question(s). Proposals that involve audio, visual, or other dynamic or static media for use in internet experiments also should specify the precise nature of this use and its technical feasibility.
- Proposals should not exceed five, double-spaced pages in length.
Dates For Submitting a Proposal
Proposals for the pre/post, in-person, core surveys – not later than August 15, 2009.
Proposals for campaign Internet panel surveys (CIPS) – not later than August 15, 2009.
Proposals for the internet continuous monitoring survey (CMS) (monthly July 2008-June 2012) – at least two months in advance of the month that the survey is intended to be conducted. If an election is called for a time earlier than late Spring or early Summer of 2010, then the above submission dates will be adjusted accordingly.
Review Of Proposals
As noted above, all proposals will be judged in terms of topical relevance, theoretical motivation, and administrative feasibility. Proposals will be reviewed confidentially by the 2009-10 BES team with advice from the BES Advisory Board and, as appropriate, the BES Fellows. For the in-person core and campaign internet panel survey proposals, investigators should expect to be notified of decisions not later than October 1, 2009.
Questions about this request for proposals, about how to design a proposal, or about the review of proposals should be addressed to:
Harold D. Clarke (firstname.lastname@example.org) AND
Paul Whiteley (email@example.com)
Appendix 1. Diagram of Surveys for The 2009/10 British Election Study