reason for decision
A particularly unique area of research is addressing the reason-for-decision (RFD) on individual-event ballots. The RFD goes beyond more traditional ballot comments by indicating the precise reason a student earned a particular rank/rate in the round. The RFD, while a clear indicator of the competitive dimension of forensics also plays a critical teaching function. The student is able to learn from the RFD the reasons for a rank/rate, and take steps to address the issues raised. Scholars who have taken up the issue of RFDs include Burnett and Cronn-Mills, 1994; Hanson, 1997; Mills, 1990; Olson, 1992; Olson and Wells, 1988; Scott and Birkholdt, 1996.