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Not all of the policies and activities of an effective, progressive professional association can be determined at the conference table. Nor can they be determined solely by salaried professional staffs. The need for sound planning and careful research by a trained research staff is emphasized in this brief review, which deals principally with the methods, or lack of methods, by which the most important functions of professional organizations are carried on.
At present the main phases of association activities in which research is an important factor are professional education, enlargement of professional service, salaries and personnel policies, and structure and function of the associations. The greatest, progress in research has been made in the field of professional education as exemplified in the studies made by the American Library Association, the American Association of Dental Schools and the American Medical Association. Standards of education have been raised and improved through the
The Use of Research by Professional Associations in Determining Program and Policy. JAMA. 1947;133(16):1251. doi:10.1001/jama.1947.02880160077035