Carol Payton

Collect, Evaluate and Share Division Best Practices

Blog Post created by Carol Payton on Jul 28, 2015

Collect, Evaluate and Share Division Best Practices


DAC is currently working with divisions to create and maintain a process by which division ‘best practices’ can be collected, evaluated, and shared. Our definition of best practice is the following: A technique or methodology that, through experience and research, has proven to reliably lead to desired results.


As DAC moves through this process, it has made a number of assumptions:


  1. Divisions are resource constrained
  2. Divisions have - and are - creating innovative programs
  3. One program/approach does  not work for all divisions
  4. It is easier and faster to adapt an existing program than to create a new one


From reviewing division input on annual reports, we have identified a number of challenges for which applying best practices – when disseminated – can be very helpful: Recruit volunteers, develop volunteers, provide meeting content, deliver member benefits, provide value to members not attending national meetings, produce activities for younger chemists, engage internationally, and administer division awards.


DAC’s next steps include the following:


  1. Share best practices with division executive committees
  2. Create electronic sharing site for Best Practices
  3. Host bi-monthly conference calls for division leaders (starting in September, 2015)
  4. Engage with other committees to assist with recruitment/engagement


DAC will be discussing this matter in Boston. Watch for an invitation to the first bi-monthly conference call on this subject in September.