National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

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Cincinnati, OH 45226-1998
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Description

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) was established to promote safe working conditions by providing research, information, education, and training in the field of occupational safety and health. NIOSH provides national and world leadership to prevent work-related illness, injury, disability, and death by gathering and conducting scientific research, then translating this knowledge into products and services. NIOSH professionals are experts in a wide range of disciplines, including epidemiology, medicine, industrial hygiene, safety, psychology, engineering, chemistry, and statistics. NIOSH's technologies vary from discovery and early stage inventions to commercially-ready products. There are hundreds of partnering opportunities available to domestic and international corporations through the CRADA process.

Mission

NIOSH objectives include: conduct research to reduce work-related illnesses and injuries; promote safe and healthy workplaces through interventions, recommendations and capacity building; and enhance global workplace safety and health through international collaborations.

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The NIOSH CRC is in the process of developing formal strategic goals to guide our research and partnership efforts over the next decade.

NIOSH previously used "priority" topic areas (e.g., cancer, cardiovascular disease) to guide research efforts. Goals take this approach a step further by identifying specific outcomes that we want to target, performance measures for evaluating progress in meeting the outcome goals, and intermediate goals to describe the necessary steps that need to be performed to accomplish the goal. Setting goals is challenging because

  • It forces us to focus on a subgroup of issues where we think NIOSH can make an impact-a long list would spread our resources too thin to accomplish the goals. Not every worthwhile topic can be included.
  • It is difficult to develop performance measures. Available surveillance data have limitations, and exposure and health outcome measures are typically not available.
  • It is ambitious for NIOSH to set goals to achieve outcomes such as reductions in incidence of cancer. NIOSH is a research agency so we do not often directly influence outcomes-we must partner well and influence other groups to show results.

Emergency Preparedness and Response Cross-Sector Program Goals

Background

As required by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NIOSH program strategic goals will be organized by outcomes such as reduction in injuries and illnesses instead of more general topic areas such as reducing all occupational mortality in the transportation industry. The NIOSH EPR cross-sector program goals are posted for review and comment. We will use NIOSH eNews to announce that draft goals are available for review. NIOSH is interested in your opinion about the relevance and value of strategic goals for the EPR program, and we encourage you to consider working with us on issues of interest to you and your organization.

NIOSH has been organizing research, guidance, information, and service efforts into specific programs that can be readily communicated and strategically governed and evaluated. Ten NORA Sector Programs represent industrial sectors, and twenty-four Cross-sector Programs organized around adverse health outcomes, statutory programs and global efforts.

The Sector Programs intersect with Cross-Sector Programs in a matrix-like fashion. For example, an Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing Program goal of reducing farm-related deaths and injuries due to tractor rollovers and trucks would likely be a shared goal with the Transportation Program and if appropriate would be adopted by both programs. This approach provides an added advantage and will allow multiple Programs to work towards accomplishment of intersecting goals.

Each of the 34 programs in the NIOSH Program Portfolio has a Manager and Coordinator. Each of the 10 NIOSH Sector Programs facilitates the work of a NORA Sector Council to engage external stakeholders in the process of developing sector goals for the nation and methods to measure the short-term, intermediate and long-term outcomes arising from those goals. The NORA goals for the nation will be considered when choosing NIOSH sector program goals. Cross Sector programs have internal Steering Committees that develop program goals and monitor outcome measures.

These planning efforts will position NIOSH to align with the most current governmental approaches for evaluating program effectiveness, i.e., the Program Assessment Rating Tool (or PART). PART is a mechanism to hold governmental agencies accountable for accomplishing results. As part of our comprehensive approach to performance measurement, NIOSH has engaged the National Academies to independently evaluate our sector and cross-programs for relevance and impact.

The NIOSH Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishing Program has developed strategic goals to guide our research and partnership efforts over the next decade.

NIOSH previously used priority topic areas (e.g., traumatic injury, hearing loss) to guide research efforts. Goals take this approach a step further by identifying specific outcomes that NIOSH wants to target, performance measures for evaluating progress in meeting the outcome goals, and intermediate goals to describe the necessary steps that need to be performed to accomplish the goal. Some challenges for NIOSH in the goal setting process include:

  • It forces us to focus on a subgroup of issues where we think NIOSH can make an impact - a long list would spread our resources too thin to accomplish the goals. Not every worthwhile topic can be included.
  • It is difficult to develop performance measures. Available injury statistics have limitations, and exposure and health outcome measures are typically not available.
  • It is ambitious for NIOSH to set goals to achieve outcomes such as reductions in a national fatality rate. NIOSH is a research agency so we don't often directly influence outcomes. Therefore, we must form effective partnerships and influence other groups to show results.

The NIOSH Construction Program uses strategic goals to guide our research and partnership efforts over the next decade.

Goals identify specific outcomes that NIOSH wants to target, performance measures for evaluating progress in meeting the outcome goals, and intermediate goals to describe the necessary steps that need to be performed to accomplish the goal. Setting goals is challenging for the following reasons:

  • It forces us to focus on a subgroup of issues where we think NIOSH can make an impact - a long list would spread our resources too thin to accomplish the goals. Not every worthwhile topic can be included.
  • It is difficult to develop performance measures. Available injury statistics have limitations, and exposure and health outcome measures are typically not available.
  • It is ambitious for NIOSH to set goals to achieve outcomes such as reductions in a national fatality rate. NIOSH is a research agency so we don't often directly influence outcomes - we must partner well and influence other groups to show results.

The NIOSH Economics Program developed strategic goals to guide our research and partnership efforts over the next decade.


NIOSH Program Portfolio Approach

NIOSH has been organizing research, guidance, information, and service efforts into specific programs that can be readily communicated and strategically governed and evaluated. There are ten Sector Programs representing industrial sectors and 24 Cross-Sector Programs organized around adverse health outcomes, statutory programs, global efforts, and other cross-cutting issues of high priority.

The Sector Programs intersect with Cross-Sector Programs in a matrix-like fashion. For example, a goal of reducing injuries and fatalities due to falls in construction would likely be a shared goal between the Construction Sector and with the Traumatic Injury Cross-Sector Program and, if appropriate, would be adopted by both programs. This approach allows multiple programs to work together towards the accomplishment of intersecting goals.


Economics Goals

NIOSH previously used priority topic areas (e.g., traumatic injury, hearing loss) to guide research efforts. Strategic goals take this approach a step further by identifying specific outcomes that NIOSH wants to target, performance measures for evaluating progress in meeting outcome goals, and intermediate goals to delineate the necessary steps to accomplish each strategic goal.

The goals of the Economics Cross-Sector Program were developed with feedback from stakeholders and interactions with the NORA Sector and other Cross-Sector Programs.

The NIOSH Healthcare and Social Assistance Program has developed strategic goals to guide our research and partnership efforts over the next decade.

NIOSH previously used priority topic areas (e.g., traumatic injury, hearing loss) to guide research efforts. Goals take this approach a step further by identifying specific outcomes that NIOSH wants to target, performance measures for evaluating progress in meeting the outcome goals, and intermediate goals to describe the necessary steps that need to be performed to accomplish the goal. Setting goals is challenging for the following reasons:

  • It forces us to focus on a subgroup of issues where we think NIOSH can make an impact - a long list would spread our resources too thin to accomplish the goals. Not every worthwhile topic can be included.
  • It is difficult to develop performance measures. Available injury statistics have limitations, and exposure and health outcome measures are typically not available.
  • It is ambitious for NIOSH to set goals to achieve outcomes such as reductions in a national fatality rate. NIOSH is a research agency, so we don't often directly influence outcomes - we must partner well and influence other groups to show results.

The NIOSH Hearing Loss Prevention Program has developed strategic goals to guide NIOSH's research and partnership efforts related to preventing occupational hearing loss. Hearing loss was previously one of the NIOSH priority topic areas established to guide research efforts, and under NORA it continues to be the focus of intramural and extramural research efforts. The application of strategic goals takes this approach a step further by identifying specific outcomes that we want to target, performance measures for evaluating progress in meeting outcome goals, and intermediate goals to describe the necessary steps that need to be performed to accomplish each strategic goal. Setting goals is challenging because:

  • It forces us to focus on a subgroup of issues where we think NIOSH can make an impact: a long list would spread our resources too thin to accomplish the goals. Not every worthwhile topic can be included.
  • It is difficult to develop performance measures. Available injury statistics have limitations, and exposure and health outcome measures are typically not available.
  • It is ambitious for NIOSH to set goals to achieve outcomes such as a national reduction in work-related hearing loss. Because NIOSH is a research agency, we typically have an indirect rather than a direct influence on outcomes. As such, stakeholder partnerships have proven to be especially useful in translating NIOSH research into outcomes.

The NIOSH Manufacturing sector program has developed strategic goals to guide our research and partnership efforts.

NIOSH previously used priority topic areas (e.g., traumatic injury, hearing loss) to guide research efforts. Goals take this approach a step further by identifying specific outcomes that NIOSH wants to target, performance measures for evaluating progress in meeting the outcome goals, and intermediate goals to describe the necessary steps that need to be performed to accomplish the goal. Setting goals is challenging for the following reasons:

  • It forces us to focus on a subgroup of issues where we think NIOSH can make an impact-a long list would spread our resources too thin to accomplish the goals. Not every worthwhile topic can be included.
  • It is difficult to develop performance measures. Available injury statistics have limitations, and exposure and health outcome measures are typically not available.
  • It is ambitious for NIOSH to set goals to achieve outcomes such as reductions in a national fatality rate. NIOSH is a research agency so we do not often directly influence outcomes-we must partner well and influence other groups to show results.

NIOSH has been organizing research, guidance, information, and service efforts into specific programs that can be readily communicated and strategically managed and evaluated. Ten Sector Programs represent industry sectors, and twenty-four Cross-sector Programs are organized around adverse health outcomes, statutory programs and global efforts.

The Sector Programs intersect with Cross-Sector Programs in a matrix-like fashion. For example, an Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing Program goal of reducing farm-related deaths and injuries due to tractor rollovers would likely be a shared goal with the Prevention through Design Cross-sector Program and if appropriate would be adopted by both programs. This approach provides an added advantage and will allow multiple Programs to work towards accomplishment of intersecting goals.

Each of the 34 programs in the NIOSH Program Portfolio has a Manager and Coordinator. Each of the 10 NIOSH Sector Programs facilitates the work of a NORA Sector Council to engage external stakeholders in the process of developing sector goals for the nation and methods to measure the short-term, intermediate and long-term outcomes arising from those goals. The NORA goals for the nation will be considered when choosing NIOSH sector program goals. Cross Sector Programs have internal Steering Committees that develop program goals and monitor outcome measures.

These planning efforts will position NIOSH to align with the most current governmental approaches for evaluating program effectiveness, i.e., the Program Assessment Rating Tool (or PART). PART is a mechanism to hold governmental agencies accountable for accomplishing results. As part of our comprehensive approach to performance measurement, NIOSH has engaged the National Academies to independently evaluate our Sector and Cross-sector Programs for relevance and impact.

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