I couldn't agree more with you Philip !!
I like the idea of the the association you mention setting research goals and research projects every year. This is a great way to gather observable data from a large pool of people worldwide and then correlate it into a quarterly and yearly report.
This would add a terrific amount of information to the field and help the research greatly as I don't think any other association in this field is doing anything like this?
I can definitely think of some I would like to do at ParaNexus with willing members in audio "Listening Trials" as this requires a large group to listen to audio and give interpretations over an extended period of time. This again, takes information out of opinion and into a scientific method of reporting.
This is really constructive ideas Philip, your right, it could make a HUGE footprint in our field. I would also like to hear what others think about this too !!