ANES Online Commons

HOW TO PREPARE A PROPOSAL

checkmark What information must a proposal contain? What criteria will be used to evaluate it?

Some studies have study-specific requirements and criteria in addition to those listed here. To learn these additional requirements for the study that you are interested in, click on the "Proposal Evaluation and Selection" link for that study in the header of the Online Commons pages.

However, at minimum, each proposal must contain the following information, in addition to any study-specific requirements:

  • Exact wording of proposed question(s) (including for questions that have been asked in previous ANES surveys). [Please note that the primary mandate of ANES is to explain vote choices and turnout. However, this mandate can be advanced in many different ways that incorporate insights from many different disciplines or approaches.]


  • An explicit argument about why the proposed question(s) merit inclusion in the ANES survey.


  • An explicit argument about the kinds and range of statistical analyses that the question(s) allows and the benefit of such analyses to science (and society). Clear presentations of modeling frameworks, power statistics, or analogous analytic concepts will make arguments more persuasive.


  • An explicit argument about the conceptual and theoretical foundations of the question(s).


  • Evidence about the empirical performance of such questions. Such evidence will make a proposal much more persuasive.


  • Evidence that the proposed way of asking the question(s) yields better data than obvious alternate ways of asking the same question(s).


  • If the proposal advocates asking a question that ANES has asked in the past, the proposal will be more persuasive if it includes explicit evidence about the breadth and depth of the question’s previous usage and impact in the scholarly literature. Do not assume that readers already know about prior uses of the questions or will research prior uses on their own.


  • Five keywords that we can use to identify the proposal in a search algorithm.


Greater specificity about such attributes of your question can help Online Commons readers and the Board more effectively evaluate the likely benefits of including your question on the survey.

checkmark How long can a proposal be?

Proposals are limited to ten pages with font no smaller than 12 point, one-inch margins, and double spacing. Of course, scholars may submit multiple proposals.

Scholars who wish to alert people to detailed materials to support their arguments may do so in the text of their proposal. All such references must include a URL for a publicly-accessible website.

checkmark How many questions can I discuss in a single proposal?

There is no limit to the number of questions you can discuss in a particular proposal. However, since it is likely that many more questions will be proposed than we can possibly include, your proposal will be more influential if you can provide a strong and clear argument about why every single question you propose can provide value to the ANES user community.

checkmark Can I propose that a previously-run ANES question be excluded?

Yes, as long as you provide conceptual and empirical evidence supporting your recommendation.

checkmark Is there any limit on the number of proposals I can submit?

No.