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Now available online – From Insights to Action

  • Looking for new strategies for your KL2 or TL1 program?
  • Are you worried about a lack of diversity and inclusion within your institution?
  • How are you ensuring the diversity of the clinical science workforce?
  • Not sure where to start?

From Insights to Action (FITA) is a compilation of strategies, approaches, and insights gleaned from 18 CTSA Program hubs that CLIC interviewed this year.

This resource is divided into six primary sections, each represents a strategy followed by a stimulating set of questions within sub topics. We encourage hubs to review this resource as an impetus for pointed discussions about equity, diversity, and inclusion. We hope that you are inspired to extend these conversations to your internal partners, as well as external partners, new collaborators and your local communities.

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 series.  The six webinars in the series align with our focus on the "Careers in Clinical & Translational Research" metric. You may read the blog and listen to the series' first webinarMaking a Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion

Improving Standards, Practices and Processes

New York University’s (NYU) Clinical and Translational Science Institute has developed a strategy to conduct pre-reviews of studies before they are submitted to a full convened IRB. This new process was implemented in response to improving its scientific review standards and practices, as well as a means to maximize the resources at their institution. To learn more about how NYU’s new process enabled the rapid review of study proposals during the COVID-19 crisis, read their story here.

Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) recognized the need for a database that enables performance data to be shared openly, improves transparency and eases the administration burden on principal investigators and study teams. This new database was the result of an effort that was initiated to better define key performance indicators. Read how VCU’s new database enabled improved teamwork to respond to studies submitted during COVID-19.

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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