Who can enter?

The competition is open to young research professionals aged 18-35, who are AMSRO member organisation employees or work for an ESOMAR Australian-based member (individual or corporate). Entrants can work individually or in a pair.

Entries open February 3 and close on March 30, 2020. We have extended the deadline!  All entries now due by Monday COB April 13 2020. 

What do you win?

The Australian RGT winner has the opportunity to present at the AMSRO Leaders Forum on Wednesday 28 October in Sydney.

– The winning entry will also receive economy-class return airfare (departing from Australian capital city) to Toronto, Canada
– A free entry pass to the ESOMAR Congress
– Eligible to enter the ESOMAR Global RGT competition (cash prize value TBC)

Note – Winner/s must be able to travel and attend the ESOMAR Congress 13-16 Sept 2020 (in Toronto, Canada).

Please be advised that at this stage, the ESOMAR Congress in September is going ahead. COVID-19 is, however, an ongoing health issue and one we are monitoring daily.  We will be sure to update participants on any changes. 

What is the age bracket?

As the initiative focuses particularly on young market researchers, ‘young’ in this context shall mean between 18 and 35 years of age. Anyone within this age bracket may participate, including students.

How many in a team?

A single entrant or a pair per company permitted. (No limitation on the number of entries per company).

Who selects the Charity/NGO project?

Entrants are required to nominate a charity/NGO and project of choice.

The project should meet the following criteria: The overarching theme of the RGT initiative is The Role of Market Research and Insights in supporting Charities /Non-Profits in overcoming relevant and meaningful social issues. This is the theme against which all submitted research projects will be assessed. Social issues to be addressed might include:
– Gender equality
– Access to Justice
– Access to Education
– Improving the lives of persons with disabilities
– Improving the lives of children
– Environmental and Climate change
– Integration

Additional criteria:

– It must be an Australian based charity
– The project must be conducted and completed between May 11 to July 31, 2020
– The Charity/NGO must be prepared to share the project results and findings with Industry and potentially media outlets
– Entry must not exceed a project budget of $30,000 (total).

Can entrants work with a Charity/NGO already affiliated with their company (i.e. employer)?

Yes.

What are the judges looking for?

Young researchers are required to submit a project proposal about the issue facing the Charity/ NGO and how they will conduct research to assist them to overcome this issue.

Each entry will be judged on:

– The relevance of the proposed project
– Impact of the proposed project in addressing the Charity/NGO’s specific issue
– It is not a requirement that projects have an innovative idea, however, if the project proposes an innovative approach to the problem and provides an improvement to already existing ideas, it will be noted positively in the evaluation.

Further details regarding the judging criteria can be found in the Entry Kit (see button below). 

What methodology can be used?

The project proposal and research report may adopt traditional research methods as well as new research methods, including data analysis and analytics.

For example, an entry should cover the following:

  1. Clearly explain how your project will meet the objectives.
  1. Entries will be judged based on their proposed research methodology (including the extent of innovation), whether they’ve taken the time to form a genuine partnership with the NGO, and therefore that their methodology will contribute to improved outcomes for vulnerable community members.
  1. Entries should consider alternative and innovative approaches and techniques that may be realistically applied. This might include reviewing literature, interviewing staff and other stakeholders, and surveying or undertaking interviews with vulnerable community members and/or service users.
  2. Define specifically the operational support required to run the project.
  3. Indicate the roles and responsibilities. i.e. How will you ensure the project stays on track?
  4. Prepare a realistic project budget using the figure of $30,000 as the total. (Think of this as a total project fee such as you would quote to a client).
  5. Prepare a realistic timeline, with the whole project wrapped up by the end July 31, 2020.

Note – Fieldwork methodology – optional (cost/value up to $3,500)

  • LUCID will provide a sample only study (quantitative, online sample).
  • The CPI for a national representative study, all qualify is $2.50 for 10 mins or $3.40 for 15 mins.
  • The researcher is required to complete the programming.
  • The online quantitative fieldwork provided by LUCID is not mandatory. All entries have the option of drawing upon the sample if it fits with their proposed methodology and will be of benefit to the NGO with which they’ve partnered.

What other methodology can be used?

The project proposal and research report may adopt traditional research methods (using LUCID as stipulated above) as well as new research methods, including data analysis and analytics.  Entrants are encouraged to consider alternative methodologies such as reviewing literature, interviewing staff and other stakeholders, and surveying or undertaking interviews with vulnerable community members and/or service users.

Entrants are permitted to use other sources/providers for their methodology as long as it meets the 30k project budget, can realistically be conducted (should they win the Australian competition) and the cost is covered (pro bono) by the entrant. 

How do I enter?

Entrants are required to complete and submit the RGT entry form which can be found here.

What does it cost to enter?

Entry fee of $200 per person/pair (+GST) is payable to AMSRO. (AMSRO will invoice each team/company.)
Who covers the cost of the fieldwork for the winning research project?
Sponsorship will be provided by industry supporters to cover the project cost of fieldwork (max. fieldwork value is $3500).  Please note – projects should not exceed $30,000 in total.

What are the key dates?

–  Entries open February 3 and close on April 13 2020. 

– The first-round judging will be held in April 2020
– Shortlisted entrants present via video conference to the judging panel on Wednesday 6 May 2020 with the winner announced that same day

– Winning project to be in field and completed by July 31, 2020
– Winner will be entered into the ESOMAR Global RGT competition
– Winner to attend ESOMAR Congress 2020

Winner to present at the AMSRO Leaders Forum on Wednesday, October 28, 2020, in Sydney.

If you require further details please contact Sarah Campbell, Executive Director, AMSRO – sarah@amsro.com.au

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