Entry deadline: 17th February 2020 – 5pm 
Submission deadline (for those who have entered and received the brief): 23rd March
Awarded to the team or individual who responds best to a challenge that tests understanding of compliance requirements and ability to resolve them.

Simply complete an entry form now, and you’ll receive the case-study in March, to work on in your own time over a three-week period, then submit it for judging. 

The Market Research Compliance Challenge is being launched so that we can put the spotlight on great compliance work. 

Seize this opportunity to demonstrate your compliance knowledge and your ability to put it into practice with commercial flair – we will be on the lookout for entries that demonstrate the ability to apply compliance know-how in a pragmatic and business-friendly way. 

The challenge will take the form of a hypothetical UK-based case study. It will include a primary market research project that throws up real compliance issues and questions, the sort of issues that test our understanding of compliance requirements and our ability to resolve them. 

Your task will be to respond to the compliance challenges, provide solutions and explain why they are the right way to go. 

  • A level playing field: everyone works on the same task; 
  • No concerns about commercial sensitivity/client permissions - it’s a hypothetical case-study and submissions are judged anonymously; 
  • As well as the chance of winning, taking part provides an opportunity to foster good teamwork (if applicable), and a learning and development exercise
How to enter 

All you need to do now is click on the ENTRY FORM tab to register your intention to take part. 

  • You may enter as an individual or a team; 
  • Teams can be drawn from different disciplines (e.g. researchers or operations) and different organisations (end client companies, market research or fieldwork agencies). Collaboration between different types of organisations will be welcome so feel free to work with similarly motivated colleagues and build a compliance ‘dream team’; 
  • As a guideline we recommend that a team contains no more than 6 main entrants. If required, you will be able to list additional supporting team members to be credited in the ‘small print’; 
  • At this stage you do not need to tell us the names of all the team members – just the companies involved. When you send us your submission, we'll ask you to confirm the names of all those who have worked on it. 
What happens next? 
  • We will contact you with details of the case-study, which will be available from Monday 2nd March for you to work on at your own pace; 
  • You'll need to send us your submission by 5pm on Monday 23rd March (this will be in the format of a PowerPoint presentation – full submission guidelines will be provided along with the brief). 

Judging will take place in April - the panel will be made up of compliance experts drawn from the BHBIA’s Ethics & Compliance Committee and it will include those working in end client, market research and fieldwork environments. 

All entries will be anonymous when judged and the entries will remain completely confidential. They will not be seen or shared outside the judging panel or BHBIA Admin Team unless you give your explicit consent for this. 

The judges will be looking at the breadth and depth of your compliance knowledge and your ability to provide fair and pragmatic solutions that you can justify, even in grey areas. At the same time as providing the case-study, we’ll provide guidance on the specific criteria on which the entries will be judged. 

The highly commended shortlist will be publicised towards the end of April. Before the publicity goes out, we’ll let you know whether or not your entry has been successful in reaching this stage. One of the highly commended entries will be announced as the winner at the awards ceremony on 11th May. 

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