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Announcing the new Common Metrics database – CM-PRISM

CLIC is developing a new CM database, CM-Program Results for Improvement of Strategic Management (CM-PRISM). CM-PRISM is specifically for the CTSA Program hubs to enter their data and TTC plans. CM-PRISM is built on a foundation of REDCap forms.

Hubs will continue to use Clear Impact Scorecard to enter their data for 2019. CLIC will be reaching out to pre-determined hubs to seek volunteers for testing the new database.

Why Diversity Matters

“We have lots of evidence that having a diverse workforce contributes to the excellence and creativity in solving complex and ambiguous problems.” Dr. Hannah Valantine, M.D., NIH Chief Office for Scientific Workforce Diversity.

The CTSA Program webinar on April 22nd focused on NIH’s activities for enhancing diversity and retention in the biomedical workforce. Dr. Valantine shared approaches to inclusive excellence and Pritty Joshi, Ph.D., Office of Extramural Research and Melissa Ghim, Ph.D. Office of Research on Women’s Health discussed how the K to R transition represents a particularly vulnerable career stage.

To listen to this webinar, log into the CLIC website and access this link. These national activities support this year’s Insights to Inspire focus on Careers in Clinical & Translational Research metric, read the first blog in the series, Making a Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion.

NOW available 2019 Data Model Scripts for Informatics!

  • Data model scripts for PCORnet, OMOP and i2b2/ACT can be accessed on GitHub. 
  • Hubs using the TriNetX data model should contact to request that their script be run. TriNetX will provide a report.

While the CTSA Program is charged with accelerating and improving clinical and translational science, the potential impact of the CTSA Program is only partially realized, to date.

In order to maximize the CTSA Program consortium’s impact, NCATS has implemented the Common Metrics Initiative (CMI). The CMI is based on the principles of the Results-Based Accountability (RBA) framework and is a collaborative process with the CTSA Program hubs used to develop, implement and report on specific metrics that are common across the consortium. The vision for NCATS' CMI is to use specific, common metrics to demonstrate and improve the impact of the CTSA Program. The CMI uses this set of metrics to help focus network and hub activities on making significant, measurable improvements in translational science and research, and workforce development. 

New to Common Metrics? Read the Implementation Guide.

Also, be sure to check out the CMI Data Governance & Guidelines.

QI Specialist
Schwartz, MPH
Quality Improvement Specialist

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