Structure for Research Activities at the Academy
The Research, International and Scientific Affairs strategic plan lays out a roadmap for advancing the profession by supporting and encouraging nutrition and dietetics research and providing innovative resources that empower practitioners to implement evidence-based practice.
The Academy supports research and evidence-based practice by:
- Providing tools, resources and other support to organizations, individuals, members and staff who design or conduct practice-based nutrition and dietetics research
- Recruiting dietetics and nutrition professionals from diverse backgrounds, experience and perspectives to engage in research activities and collect outcomes data
- Disseminating practice-based nutrition and dietetics research results to professionals and the public through a variety of media, including peer-reviewed publications, in-person presentations and online resources
- Promoting best practices for data collection to ensure that electronic data can be applied to a variety of research settings
- Collaborating and communicating with stakeholders.
The Academy's many research-related activities are coordinated by the Council on Research, which is comprised of seven voting members representing the Academy Foundation, government, industry, public health research, clinical research, guideline development, and international research. The Council also has seven non-voting members representing the Research Practice DPG, Legislative and Public Policy Committee, Nutrition Services Payment Committee, Nutrition Care Process Research Outcomes Committee, Interoperability & Standards Committee, Quality Management Committee, and the Commission on Dietetic Registration. The Council on Research also currently has five subcommittees dedicated to advancing the Council's vision and mission includes representatives from the Evidence-Based Practice Committee, the Nutrition Research Network Oversight Committee and the Nutrition Care Process and Terminology Committee.
The Council on Research was formed in 2014 to guide research priorities and research activities, ensure alignment of research efforts and viability and relevance of Academy research projects, and monitor consequences of current and future research-related methodologies and recommendations.