Using the Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS)

Last Revised:
November 3, 2016
Published on:
Monday, January 30, 2012

You are required to complete the following fields regarding commercial support at the individual activity level.

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Last Revised:
November 3, 2016
Published on:
Tuesday, January 24, 2012

An internet live course is an online course available at a certain time on a certain date and is only available in real-time, just as if it were a course held in...

Last Revised:
November 3, 2016
Published on:
Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Learning from teaching is a descriptive label for a type of activity. (The identification of activity types allows the reporting of data and information on the range of educational formats offered...

Last Revised:
November 3, 2016
Published on:
Friday, November 11, 2011

Report any in-kind (non-monetary) commercial support received for an activity by indicating the nature of the in-kind support. You should not estimate the dollar value of in...

Last Revised:
November 3, 2016
Published on:
Friday, November 11, 2011

An important concept in PARS is that of “open” and “closed” activities.  Open activities are those that have a minimum set of data entered for them:  specifically, activity name, activity type, activity date, and, if applicable,...

Last Revised:
March 22, 2016
Published on:
Friday, November 11, 2011

A directly provided activity is one that is planned, implemented and evaluated by the accredited provider.  Include co-provided activities (provided by two accredited providers) in this category if you are the...

Last Revised:
November 3, 2016
Published on:
Tuesday, October 25, 2011

A course is identified as a regularly scheduled series (RSS) when it is planned to have

  1. a series with multiple sessions that 
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Last Revised:
November 3, 2016

Manuscript review is based on a learner’s participation in the pre-publication review process of a manuscript.

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Last Revised:
November 11, 2011

Activities that are offered over the course of multiple reporting years - such as Enduring Materials - should be reported in PARS for each year in which they are active, regardless of whether they are active for the entire year or...

Last Revised:
November 11, 2011

When reporting Regularly Scheduled Series (RSS) in PARS, each series should be reported as one activity. In addition, the...

Last Revised:
November 11, 2011

Hours of instruction equals the total hours of educational instruction provided.  For example, if a one-day course lasts eight (8) hours (not including breaks or meals), then total hours of instruction reported for that...

Last Revised:
May 4, 2016

Internet searching and learning activities are based on a learner identifying a problem in practice and then accessing content in search of an answer from sources...

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November 11, 2011

When you report Performance Improvement in PARS, count each learning project as one Performance Improvement activity, regardless of whether or not it is created for an individual learner, or group of...

Last Revised:
March 29, 2016

If your organization is the accredited provider for a jointly provided activity, you are required to report the same financial data that you do for directly provided activities, even if the joint...

Last Revised:
November 11, 2011

Annually, the activity data that is reported by providers is aggregated and published as an Annual Report that provides information to the community.  The “Reporting Year” indicates in which Annual Report the activity belongs. ...

Test item writing is an activity based on a learner’s participation in the pre-publication development and review of any type of...

Last Revised:
November 11, 2011

If you provide the same activity in multiple locations (e.g., update course) or provide the same activity year after year (e.g., annual meeting), you can save time entering data about these activities by using the copy...

Last Revised:
November 11, 2011

There are three (3) components of your organization’s year-end reporting:

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An enduring material is a printed, recorded, or computer-presented activity that may be used over time at various locations and which, in itself, constitutes a...

Last Revised:
November 11, 2011

When you report Internet Searching and Learning in PARS, aggregate and report all your data for Internet Searching and Learning for all learners into one activity. For hours of instruction, specify the amount of...

Last Revised:
November 11, 2011

If your organization assigns an internal code or identifier to each of its activities, you may enter it into this field.

The Provider Activity ID field is optional when entering single activities using the PARS...

Committee learning is an activity that involves a learner’s participation in a committee process where the subject of which, if taught/learned in another format would be considered within the...

Last Revised:
November 11, 2011

If you need to delete more than one activity at a time from PARS, you may do so by visiting the View Activities screen and selecting the applicable Reporting Year. Expand the list of either...

Last Revised:
November 11, 2011

When you report Journal-Based activities in PARS, report each article as one activity. For hours of instruction, specify the amount of time required to complete the activity. The number of participants should equal the total number...

Last Revised:
February 12, 2014

Yes, the accredited provider must report the full amount of commercial support received, even if the commercial support is distributed to other non-accredited joint providers.

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