Category: Literature Evaluation

New ACA literature must undergo extensive fellowship beta testing before it is submitted to the Annual Business Conference for designation as Conference-approved literature. Fellowship feedback is reviewed by the Literature Evaluation Subcommittee to determine whether a new piece of literature is an effective recovery resource, and also to assess whether revisions are needed.

Support the future of ACA literature - become a Literature Evaluation Committee Reading Team Volunteer 

The Literature Evaluation Subcommittee (Lit Eval) is currently seeking readers familiar with existing ACA literature. We need volunteers to work in small teams of 2-3 people to read and apply ACA’s standard Literature Evaluation Criteria (and in some cases project-specific criteria) to submitted literature, to respond individually with their feedback in an online form, and to collectively submit a team review to Lit Eval. Readers will need access to a computer connected to the internet to provide their feedback both individually and as part of the review team.  

Readers will review a literature submission, discuss their findings and any project-specific questions within their reading team, and submit their own feedback individually. Readers do not make line edits of submissions, but provide a high-level review to determine if the project moves to the next stage of evaluation. To maintain objectivity, Literature Evaluation Committee members will not review any submission that would present a conflict of interest for them.  

The review process will also include a one page written team report in Zoho that assesses how the project meets the ACA Literature Evaluation Criteria. The reading team will receive a template and guiding questions to help them create this report. It will include the reading team’s recommendation on moving to the next review stage. The report may include submission excerpts of what does and does not work to back up findings. Lit Eval may at times invite reading teams to monthly calls to discuss submissions, especially for more involved works.  

Requested Commitment
The committee has a significant backlog. A reader’s four to six-month commitment to this project would help us gain momentum. The monthly hourly commitment depends on your availability. We are grateful for what you can offer. If readers can contribute between two to five hours per month, we will likely review all existing submissions within four to six months.  

Setting up new volunteers requires a significant amount of time, so please consider the time commitment you are prepared to make. We’d love to have your involvement, but only if it is realistic for you.  

We provide volunteers with online orientation materials available and a designated liaison from the Literature Evaluation subcommittee to answer any questions that arise. 

To learn More
Join the Literature Evaluation subcommittee’s Virtual Open House on Zoom
Time: May 16, 2020 01:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Meeting Link:
Meeting ID: 677 639 237
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