Research Volunteer Program
VAOnline.org would like to thank our volunteers who help us identify new, informative and usefuls sites and documents to add to our link directories.
Anonymous: We presently have two research volunteers who wish to remain anonymous. One of these volunteers is a respected academic whose area of interest is in criminial justice and victim issues on the African sub-continent.
Specialties: Psycho-social issues and Victim Assistance
VAOnline.org created the Research Volunteer Program for a very simple reason... our work load is becoming very heavy! As you'll know, we provide extensive information and networking resources the global victim assistance / victimology community through our website link directories, our listservs, and other Internet communications mediums.
Additionally, we provide referral and information assistance to individuals, agencies and organizations around the globe on a daily basis, and often work in cooperation with regional, national and international victim assistance organizations on a variety of specialized projects.
At our all-volunteer organization, work is definitely piling up !
Our most pressing and work intensive project is the researching and maintenance of the link directories presented on the VAOnline.org website. This is where we are seeking the bulk of assistance from our volunteers.
Locating and posting good resources to our webpages is critical. Potential resources on the Internet are located through a variety of Internet search tools. After being collected, each individual resource is examined and reviewed, passing through an editorial process to determine if the link should be included in our online directories, and into which directories the link should be directed.
Considering VAOnline presents some 44 individual topical link directories and related document pages, this was becoming a herculean task. Add in the recent upgrading of Google Translation Tools to allow on-the-fly searches and translations of web pages in multiple languages -- which will allow VAOnline.org to present victim assistance related web pages in languages other than English -- the task becomes truly monumental.
For these reasons, VAOnline.org is seeking volunteer researchers to:
- Accept responsibility for using free Internet research tools to identify links to agencies, organizations, services and documents for either:
- One of the topical directory areas (DV, Sexual Abuse/Assault, etc.)
- One individual language or language group (the volunteer needs to either be multilingual, or extremely familiar with the specific cultural/national group(s) the language is used by as well as comfortable in using Google Language Tools)
- One of the world's national, regional and/or cultural groups
- Assist in maintaining website link directory quality by checking VAOnline's link pages to ensure the links are still leading to appropriate material
- Assist VAOnline.org in maintaining a list of regional, national and international events of interest to the victim assistance / victimology community.
- Other duties as VAOnline.org deems fit.
- To ensure volunteers are able to identify appropriate materials for inclusion in our link directories, each applicant is required to have a minimum level of education/experience in academic or practical fields related to victim assistance / victimology.
- Each volunteer is be expected to spend a minimum of 8 hours per month to said research, and to keep submit a list of hours per month spent conducting research for VAOnline.org.
- Research must be done without bias as to academic theory, political, social or religious viewpoints.
- Volunteers researching new links are required to ensure the links collected match a set a criteria to be outlined by VAOnline.org.
- Volunteers researching new links are required to ensure the links collected are not already posted in VAOnline.org' s link directories. VAOnline.org's staff reserves the right of decision as to what links will be included on our site, and what their reviews shall be.
Basic training materials on use of Internet search / translation features will be provided by VAOnline.org. Simple text materials will be provided at the start of the Research Volunteer Program, but eventually interactive multi-media presentations via Flash-based distance education will provide detailed and easy-to-understand training sessions for volunteers with all levels of technical expertise.
Volunteers serving with our Research Program will receive:
- The grateful thanks of VAOnline.org and the global victim assistance / victimology community it serves.
- The right, after the six-month probation period, to request a note of reference for the volunteer's activities with VAonline.org, including length of service and areas of responsibility. Physical letters of reference can be requested once in any six month period, while e-mail confirmation of reference can be requested at any time.
- The right to have contact information posted on a "VAOnline.org Research Volunteers" webpage on our site, for those volunteers who wish to be publicly listed. A separate section will list inactive / former volunteers, so the web page in question will form a permanent note of reference for the volunteer's time with VAOnline.org
- Access to one or more communications tools (such as a listserv) provided so volunteers are able to exchange information, request clarification, suggest new areas of research or items of interest to VAOnline.org, provide feedback on the Volunteer Research Project, etc. Eventually other, more interactive, communications tools may be installed (web forums, wikis, etc.)