Get Involved

Volunteer and 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 manager with systematic review experience, 6-8 expert workgroup members which includes a patient advocate, lead analyst, 4-10 evidence analysts and a medical librarian.  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.
  • Patient Advocate: A patient advocate is not a subject matter expert but participates in the systematic review to express the viewpoint of the patient. Patient advocates either have the disease/condition or a family member/caregiver of an individual with the disease/condition. Expand the section titled Patient Advocate 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.  

Topic Experts Needed

We are accepting applications for workgroup members and patient advocates on the following topic:
  • Dietary cholesterol and saturated fat

Expand the sections below to learn more about each position. Each section has its own online application.  Thank you!

  • Workgroup Member

    Workgroup members are experts in the topic area and their skills may be include knowledge of research or practical experience. An EAL workgroup includes members from all areas of the healthcare team including but not limited to registered dietitians, doctors, nurses, physical therapists, pharmacists, etc.

    Responsibilities 
    • Develop and prioritize evidence analysis questions
    • Develop the search criteria and approve research articles for inclusion in the systematic review
    • Assign a grade to the conclusion statement based on the strength of the evidence
    • Develop recommendations and narratives 
    • Share knowledge and expertise in a team setting
    • Disclose any potential conflicts of interest
    Qualifications 
    • Minimum 5 years of experience in practice and/or research
    • Minimum 3 years of work experience related to the topic area
    • Advanced degree (Masters, PhD, Board Certified, etc) in the topic area or 8 years of experience in lieu of an advanced degree
    • Comfortable with technology as all work is conducted in a web-based setting (online portal, webinars, teleconferences)
    • RDNs must be members of the Academy.
    Time Commitment 
    • An EAL project may take 12-18 months to complete; up to 24 months for a guideline project
    • Participate in 60-90 minute teleconference calls (estimate twice a month). Calls are scheduled during regular business hours.
    • Complete between-call assignments in an agreed upon timeframe.
    • Respond to messages in a timely manner
    • Optional: Additional 4-6 months to develop manuscript for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.
    Benefits 
    • Participation in the systematic review and guideline development project is on a volunteer basis.
    • Workgroup members are acknowledged for their contributions in the EAL project site
    • RDNs and DTRs may be eligible for continuing professional education units.
    • Manuscript writers will be listed as an author in the article

    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. Note that applicants do not need to have both research and clinical experience in the project topic area.  Ideal candidates include:
    • Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDN) and  Nutrition and Dietetic Technician Registered (NDTR), [must be a member of the Academy]
    • Experts from a variety of disciplines (doctors, nurses, pharmacists, therapists, etc.) 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 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. 
       
    Click to complete the online application:  Application

    Questions may be directed to eal@eatright.org

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  • Patient Advocate
    Research indicates that advocacy and patient advocates make significant contributions to heath related research and activities by ensuring that efforts are patient-focused and help promote cooperation between all relevant sectors. As such, the Academy is now including a patient advocate in all EAL projects.

    Responsibilities
    • Participate in workgroup member functions such as developing and prioritizing research questions.
    • Approve research articles for inclusion in the systematic review.
    • Provide viewpoints, ask questions and raise issues from patient, caregiver or public perspective.
    • Help ensure understandable language is used in public focused information.
    Time Commitment 
    • An EAL project may take 12-18 months to complete; up to 24 months for a guideline project.
    • Participate in 60-90 minute teleconference calls (estimate twice a month)
    • Complete between-call assignments in an agreed upon timeframe
    • Respond to messages in a timely manner
    • Optional: 4-6 months to develop a manuscript for publication in a peer-reviewed journal
    Qualifications
    • Be a person with a disease, injury or condition or a family member or caregiver of a person living with a disease, injury or condition.
    • Experience in patient advocacy and/or affiliated with an advocacy organization.
    • Ability to represent interests of patients and communicate their perspective.
    • General knowledge about research process
    • Comfortable with technology as all work is conducted in a web-based setting (online portal, webinars, teleconferences)
       
    Application Process 
    All applicants must complete the application which is designed to gather information on the applicant's experience as a patient advocate.

    Tips for Completing the Application
    • You are required to upload a 200-word statement explaining why are interested in the project and what you can contribute to the project
    • You are required to upload a copy of your resume.
    • Google Chrome is the preferred browser
    • Allow approximately 15 minutes to complete the application.

    Click to complete the online application:  Application

    Questions? Email us at eal@eatright.org 
     
  • 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.

    Analyst Training
    All applicants are required to participate in a training which consists of two 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 and Application

    We are not accepting applications at this time. 

    Questions should be directed to eal@eatright.org 


    updated 2/3/2017
  • 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 about the Academy's systematic review and guideline development methodology.
    • Carefully read the Guideline Introduction and Recommendations
    • Complete an online evaluation based on the AGREE II instrument. Prior knowledge of AGREE II instrument is 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
    • Complete online review form.
    Application
    • We are not accepting applications at this time.


    Questions?  Please email:  eal@eatright.org