How does a NATSAP Program/School obtain the Research Designated Program (RDP) designation?
Obtaining the RDP Designation:
- A program/school who wishes to obtain the RDP designation must collect 70% outcome research data from all admissions over a period of at least 6 months prior to applying for the designation. (Completion of A., B., and C. of the Annual Report for NATSAP Research Designated Program Form).
- Please note that the RDP Form provides space to indicated data collection for the calendar year of 2014 and 2015. If you have data for 2014 and 2015, please indicate so. However, a minimum of a 70% data collection rate of admissions for a period of at least 6 months is required to obtain the RDP designation.
- Programs/Schools have the option to contribute to the NATSAP Outcome Research by employing the YOQ/OQ instrument or using an alternative outcome instrument that may be better suited for the clinical profile of the clients. Such a measure will require NATSAP Research Committee approval and the verification that an Ethics Review Board has approved the research protocol.
- There are a small number of NATSAP programs/schools that have conducted outcome research for years without the specific goal of collecting data on 70% of all admissions. Such programs are encouraged to apply and supply a description of their research protocol together with the percentage of admissions data they have collected. In such cases, The Research Review Committee can award the initial RDP designation. However, to maintain the RDP designation, the 70% collection threshold must be maintained in the future.