Accelerating Workforce Training: Introducing the CTA in E/Affect Challenge

CTA in E/Affect


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Stage One: In Effect

Goal of the Initiative

Sponsored by Schmidt Futures, the NDMA aims to strengthen the case for investment in Cognitive Task Analysis by: (a) documenting the return on investment (ROI) of past research in CTA; and (b) identifying high-value CTAs that could be supported by governments and/or through public-private partnerships.

In Stage One, we are soliciting evidence-based case studies illustrating the value of CTA from the global community of practitioners, to publish and promote. Stage One will be executed from December 2022 through March 2023.

In Stage Two, we will seek to understand where applications of CTA offer opportunities to improve the workforce in significantly meaningful ways. Stage Two will be executed from January 2023 through December 2023.

The ROI of CTA

The NDMA seeks submissions of case studies that have demonstrated significant ROI from the application of CTA by the global community of practitioners.


Submitted case studies will be published and promoted by the NDMA, and begin to establish synergies between demands of the workforce and the suppliers of CTA.


NDMA Members will vote on the submissions and those judged to be the most compelling success stories will be awarded cash prizes as follows:

  • 1st place: $5,000
  • 2nd place: $3,000
  • 3rd place: $2,000


Submissions from practitioners, academics and PhD students from any country are very welcome. 

Membership in the NDMA is not required to submit, but is strongly encouraged.

Submissions will be posted for review by NDM Association members, with identifying information extracted. Members will be encouraged to consider the following criteria when voting:

  • Significance of the problem or challenge
  • Demonstration of value to the sponsoring organization, with preference for empirically-derived evidence of effect(s)
  • Use of recognized CTA methods, integrations with other methods (as appropriate), and overall efficiency
  • Research quality, including adequate number and representativeness of participants, representation of findings
  • Inclusion of findings and implications in follow-on design and/or evaluation efforts


No extensions will be granted. 
  • Submissions — in the format described on the right side of this page — will be accepted through February 15, 2023
  • Online voting begins February 15, 2023
  • Awards announced no later than March 31, 2023

Submission Formatting & Exemplar

Case studies must be formatted as follows:

  1. Two-page limit
  2. Single spacing; Double-spaced between sections
  3. Times New Roman 12-point font
  4. Citations do NOT count toward page limit
  5. Images welcomed as a separate file addendum

Include the following section headers in bold, then content on next line, then a space betwen sections:

  • Submitter(s) (If more than one, designate an award recipient)
    Name, Affiliation, Email, Telephone
  • Permission from sponsoring organization (REQUIRED)
    Point of Contact Name, Affiliation, Email, Telephone (POC will be contacted by NDMA to confirm permission)
  • Domain
    State domain in terms of job/role/task and sector, if appropriate
  • Generic description of sponsoring organization or customer
    Sector, size, and mission
  • Cognitive Task Analysis Method(s)
    Case studies must involve at least one method of Cognitive Task Analysis, including methodological citations and descriptions of any adaptations and/or integrations with other methods
  • Number of Participants
    Case studies must involve at least 4 participants, including at least 2 proficient performers, including method for determining proficiency.
    Total Number = ___;
    Total Number of Proficient Performers = ___;
    Method for determining proficiency: ___
  • Duration
    Approximate duration from first CTA data collection to completion of all applications
  • Application(s)
    Describe all applications derived from CTA products, including description of development and deployment methods and effort. Provide citations and web links, if available. These may include, but are not limited to:
    • Findings share – i.e., report(s), briefing(s)
    • Instructional and/or training experience
    • Cognitive system design, including software, hardware, workplace
    • Organizational design
    • Policy
    • Others not listed
  • Demonstration of value
    Describe all evidence of value, including but not limited to:
    • Empirically-derived evidence of effect, qualitative and/or quantitative
    • Customer-provided perspective
  • Citations
    Provide all APA-formatted citations used in the case study and of prior publication about this work, if any. Citations do NOT count toward page count.

Submission Form

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