Get Involved

Join the EAL® Team!

The Evidence Analysis Library (EAL) is a great way to enhance your professional development, contribute your expertise and benefit the dietetics profession! The EAL is always looking for volunteers to be a part of this essential resource. Each evidence analysis project consists of an Academy staff project manager, lead analyst, workgroup chair, 6-8 expert workgroup members and 4-10 evidence analysts.  Learn how you can get involved and contribute your expertise. Opportunities include:
  • Workgroup Member: Experts on the project topic to conduct the systematic review and develop evidence-based nutrition practice guidelines. Expand the section titled Workgroup Member for a listing of qualifications, time requirements and online application.
  • Evidence Analysts: Analysts read and abstract relevant outcomes from research articles. Expand the section titled Evidence Analysts to learn about the requirements and to access the application. 
  • Guideline Reviewer: Individuals with working knowledge of the guideline topic to conduct external review and complete an evaluation of evidence-based nutrition practice guidelines.  

Experts Needed

We are looking for experts on the following topic:
  • We are not soliciting workgroup members at this time. Please check back at a later date. 

Expand the sections below to learn how to lern more. Each section has a link to an online application.  Thank you!

  • Workgroup Member
    Workgroup members are experts in the project topic area. Each project consists of 6-8 experts who meet a strict criteria and are committed to the entire process.
     
     Responsibilities
    • Develop and prioritize evidence analysis questions.
    • Develop search plans and review research articles.
    • Review and approve evidence summaries and conclusion statements.
    • Assign grades to conclusion statements.
    • Draft recommendations and narratives on the evidence-based nutrition practice guideline.
    • Share knowledge and expertise in a team setting.
     
     Time Commitment
    • An EAL project may take 12-18 months to complete; up to 24 months for a guideline project.
    • Participate in 60-90 minutes teleconference calls (estimate twice a month). Calls are scheduled during regular business hours (CDT) to accommodate various time zones.
    • Complete between-call assignments in an agreed upon timeframe.
    • Respond to messages in a timely manner.
     Optional:
    • Additional 6-9 months to develop manuscript for publication.
    • Additional 9-12 months to develop practitioner resource guide.
     
     Qualifications
    • Minimum of 5 years of experience in practice and/or research.
    • Three (3) years of work experience related to the project topic area.
    • Advanced degree (Masters, PhD, etc.) in the topic area or 8 years of experience in lieu of an advanced degree.
    • RDNs must be members of the Academy.
    • Comfortable with digital technology. All of the work is conducted in a web-based setting (online portal, teleconferences, webinars).
     
     Benefits
    • Participation in the systematic review and guideline development are on a volunteer basis. Workgroup members will be acknowledged for their contribution to the project in the EAL.
    • RDNs and DTRs may be eligible for continuing professional education units.
    • Manuscript writers will be listed as an author in the article.
    • Practitioner resource guide developers may be eligible for limited compensation.
     


    Candidate Selection

    Workgroup members are approved by the Academy's Evidence-Based Practice Committee Workgroup Selection Sub-Committee. The Sub-Committee uses a scoring system to evaluate applicants (click here to view in PDF format) . Note that applicants do not need to have both research and clinical experience in the project topic area.  Ideal candidates in the order of preference are:
    • Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDN) and  Nutrition and Dietetic Technician Registered (NDTR), [must be a member of the Academy]
    • Experts from a variety of disciplines recognized for the research or practice experience in the project topic area.
    How to Apply

    All applicants must complete the application which is designed to gather information on the applicant's experience and expertise on the topic area. 

    Tips for Completing the Application:
    • You a required to upload a 200-300 word statement explaining why you are interested in the project and what unique qualifications you possess that would help you contribute to the project.
    • You will be required to upload a copy of your current resume.
    • The personal statement and resume should be prepared in advance. Either MS Word or PDF formats are acceptable.
    • Google Chrome is the preferred browser.
    • Allow approximately 15-20 minutes to complete the application. 

    If you are interested in volunteering as an expert workgroup member, please complete the Online Application. Questions may be directed to eal@eatright.org

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  • Evidence Analyst
    Evidence analysts are responsible for reviewing food and nutrition-related research articles and abstracting relevant information. All evidence analysts are trained on the Academy's rigorous methodology and evidence analysis process. 

    Responsibilities:
    • Read and analyze assigned research articles
    • Abstract relevant study information
    • Complete online data extraction template and quality rating (risk of bias) checklist using the Academy's framework
    • Assist with the development of evidence summaries and summary tables
    • Communicate with the project manager and lead analyst
    Qualifications:
    • Advanced degree in nutrition or related field 
    • Strong analytical skills to abstract critical information and research characteristics from technical articles
    • Strong knowledge of study designs and methods
    • Strong knowledge of statistics
    • Critical thinking skills
    • Ability to produce consistent work in a timely manner
    • Computer literate and ability to use web-based programs and tools
    Time Commitment
    • Flexible hours - estimate 2-4 hours per article
    • Evidence analysts are asked to complete at least 1 article per week.
    Compensation
    • Serving as an EAL evidence analyst is considered a volunteer position with a stipend. Analyst will receive US$30 for each completed DET.

    Training
    All applicants are required to participate in a training which consists of 2 2-hour webinars, a task assignment, and 1-hour review webinar. If selected, applicants must participate in the entire training. Mentoring will continue throughout the analysts' term. 

    Training Dates
    The December 2016 training is full. Please check back for future training opportunities.
     
    Questions should be directed to eal@eatright.org 


    updated 11/15/2016
  • Guideline Reviewer
    Each evidence-based nutrition practice guideline on the Evidence Analysis Library (EAL) is reviewed internally and externally using the AGREE II (Appraisal of Guidelines for Research and Evaluation) Instrument as the evaluation tool. Reviewers should consist of an interdisciplinary group of individuals - registered dietitian nutritionists, doctors, nurses, etc., - with working knowledge of the guideline topic. 

    Reviewer Responsibilities:
    • Read the Academy's methodology 
    • Carefully read the guideline introduction and individual recommendations
    • Complete an online evaluation based on the AGREE II instrument. Prior knowledge of AGREE II instrument not required.
    Time Commitment
    • Watch the EAL Orientation Tutorials before the start of the review
    • Read information on AGREE II instrument
    • 2 weeks to complete the guideline review
    Application

    We are not accepting applications at this time. The next guideline to be reviewed will be the Heart Failure (2017) guideline. Please check back in late January to apply.  Thank you.  

    Questions?  Please email:  eal@eatright.org