A key component of the Project for Scholarly Integrity is a common assessment of the institutional climate for scholarly integrity and the responsible conduct of research. The seven institutions that received PSI funding agreed to adopt, with permission, a pre-validated version of the Survey of Organizational Use developed by Carol Thrush and Brian Martinson et al, working in close collaboration with the consortium of awardees that includes Michigan State University, Pennsylvania State University, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Findings from these surveys are being used in combination with findings from a CGS-developed assessment instrument to assess needs and evaluate resources and activities. The broader goal of this combined effort is to evaluate the effectiveness of university interventions and activities over time and to inform national understanding of the institutional factors that shape the environment for scholarly integrity and education in the responsible conduct of research.

As of March 2, 2011, the final, validated Survey of Organizational Research Climate was released by its developers for public use and has been made available under a Creative Commons license. More information about the Survey, including the survey items, can be found in the online User’s Manual.

For more information about climate assessment approaches, see Climate Assessment Resources.