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Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Strategic Plan

Adopted May 2010

Strategic Goals and Objectives

A. Science and Practice Goal: Advance both the science and practice of HF/E to maintain HFES as the premier scientific body in the field.

Strategic Objectives:

1. Increase the impact factor of the journal.
2. Advance the transfer and translation of our science.
3. Identify research gaps and provide direction to the research within the field.
4. Develop mechanisms for taking positions on topics (Outreach Advisory). Mechanisms: TAG, blue-ribbon panels, organized information on the Web site; e.g., CDC, sports medicine.
5. Develop a long-range plan for collaboration with the Federation.
6. Increase the impact of EID.
7. Explore partnerships and cosponsorships within HFES (TGs, chapters) and with other organizations to support science and education initiatives.
8. Identify key remaining HF/E issues and support research and forums for discussion.

B. Education and Training Goal: Promote the teaching of HF/E science, philosophy, and practice.

Strategic Objectives:

1. Anticipate and prepare members for the future requirements and issues of human-centered design.
2. Identify and help fill important gaps in available teaching and self-study materials.
3. Provide forums for continuing education of HF/E professionals.
4. Provide forums in which non-HF/E professionals can get specialized HF/E training.
5. Provide forums in which students can get specialized HF/E training.

C. Peer Networking Goal: Promote the evaluation and exchange of information among HF/E researchers, educators, and practitioners.

Strategic Objectives:

1. Produce materials in which HF/E researchers, educators, and practitioners can present their work, knowledge, and ideas to the HF/E community.
2. Provide forums through which HF/E researchers, educators, and practitioners can interact.

D. Outreach Goal: Promote the exchange of information between HF/E professionals and those who need our services.

Strategic Objectives:

1. Advance the level of knowledge about HF/E among nonmembers.
2. Promote the sharing of information and interaction with nonmembers.
3. Advance and promote the understanding and appreciation of user-centered design among the general population.
4. Ensure that human-centered design principles are incorporated into industry standards and government regulations that significantly affect human performance and quality of life.
5. Ensure that human factors and ergonomics professionals are included in committees, boards, commissions, panels, or other bodies that provide advice and guidance to government agencies and industries on issues affecting human performance and quality of human life.
6. Translate and promote the use of HF/E principles from data into forms (such as tools and guidelines) usable for analyses, design, and evaluation.
7. To actively solicit information from outside of profession that can benefit or enhance the discipline and membership.

E. Organizational Excellence Goal: Serve and represent the members as the premier scientific, engineering, and practice society.

Strategic Objectives:

1. Enhance HFES decision-making, resource management, and member services to support strategic objectives.
2. Pursue ongoing improvement and understanding of the unique attributes of HF/E.
3. Develop leadership and member involvement at all levels of the Society.
4. Providing leadership within the discipline at the international level.
5. Ensure high-quality services and outreach to attract, maintain, and enable membership.

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