Below is a list of over a dozen functions that the Board identified for members of the Team to lead and oversee. As state earlier, individuals or subgroups on the team will run these functions in parallel.
1. Research Facilitation. Providing oversight in the early pre-funding development phase of upcoming IFS research projects (initiated by the Foundation)
2. Adherence to Model. Overseeing the application of IFS adherence scales and managing the development of adherence scales beyond psychotherapy
3. Community Resource. Managing the effort to track and respond to inquiries from the broader community about IFS research (what exists, how to engage, etc.)
4. Online Library. Leading the compilation and development of a searchable online IFS library of resources (research papers, articles, graduate theses, books, DVD’s, online materials), and managing the effort to annotate these resources and provide editorial comments regarding IFS-oriented publications
5. Web Presence. Supporting the development and continuous update of Web content around IFS research
6. Outreach. Identifying new research developments pertinent to IFS within mental health and outside mental health (starting with health and medicine) and establishing contact with prospective researchers
7. Research Registry. Leading the effort to develop a registry of clinicians interested in participating in IFS-oriented research.
8. Research at the IFS Conference. Providing leadership and developing a “research” track at the IFS Conference.
9. IFS & Academia. Identifying and implementing strategies for bringing IFS to the academic world and regional as well as national conferences of professional societies first within mental health fields and then beyond.
10. IFS & Mental Health Agencies. Identifying and implementing strategies for bringing IFS to social service and mental health agencies.
11. Case and Timeline Studies. Leading ongoing research efforts to observe (self-reported) overall positive effects of IFS, in which IFS psychotherapists are invited to participate in the long term.
12. Public Communication. Managing the preparation of press releases or public documents about research developments involving IFS.
13. Research Beyond Psychotherapy. Encouraging the development of research projects in areas to include health coaching, organizational development, and legal mediation.