Common Metrics

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In order to maximize the CTSA Program’s impact, NCATS is developing and disseminating a set of Common Metrics (CMs) for use by the CTSA Program hubs as a tool for collaborative strategic management.  The CM initiative aims to capture data related to important functions and activities of the CTSA Program.

The CMs are intended to help the CTSA Program make significant and measurable improvements towards achieving strategic goals in two main categories:

  • Clinical and translational science research workforce development
  • Excellence in clinical and translational science research

The CTSA Program aims to achieve these goals within the network, collectively and at the hubs, locally. The CM initiative intends to show how the strategic management of translational science research can directly lead to demonstrating and improving the impact of the CTSA Program and improve public health.

Common Metrics Executive Team
  • Harry Selker (Tufts)
  • Anantha Shekhar (Indiana)
  • Harry Shamoon (Einstein – Montefiore)
  • Bradley Evanoff (Washington University of St. Louis)
  • Michele Kipke (University of Southern California)
  • Becky Moen (Duke)
  • Bill Trochim (Weill Cornell)
  • Phil Lee (Clear Impact)
  • Denise Daudelin (Tufts)
  • Raquel Ruiz (CLIC)
  • Deborah Ossip (CLIC)
  • Patricia Jones (NCATS)
  • Erica Rosemond (NCATS)
  • Tiina Urv (NCATS)


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A Common Metrics session will occur on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 from 8:30am-12pm. Invited to attend are the hub Principal Investigators, Administrators, and Evaluators. Session details will be forthcoming. 2019 Spring CTSA Program Meeting Details


We have an online community established for the Common Metrics: Common Metrics 

This is a place for you to ask questions of other hubs, discuss best practices and/or strategies, and idea share. You can view any of the current threads. Log on to the website to participate in the conversations.


A final report by Tufts University CTSI on the Common Metrics Implementation Program and Evaluation Study is available here.


Subsequent to the release of the 2016 Common Metric Hub Reports, the CLIC developed and sent a survey to each of the hubs. The survey was designed to solicit feedback regarding the usefulness of each of the report sections and to obtain suggestions for improving future reports. A summary report of the survey results is now available. 


Phase 2 of the Informatics Metric implementation will begin in January 2019. Implementation and reporting information are available here. All hubs are expected to participate in this phase.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have questions regarding your Informatics Metric implementation.

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New to Common Metrics?

An overview of the common metrics initiative and training materials related to the Results-Based Accountability (RBA) Framework and the Clear Impact Scorecard platform.

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Pilot Testing of New Common Metrics

Draft operational guidelines, tools, and training resources for the common metrics that are currently being pilot tested.

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Established Common Metrics

Operational guidelines, tools, and training resources for the implemented common metrics.

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Common Metrics Success Stories

Success stories derived from the common metric data and Turn the Curve plans developed by the CTSA Program hubs, as well as reports and visualizations.

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Common Metrics FAQ

The common metrics FAQ page displays recurrent questions that were raised by hubs during training and implementation calls, as well as questions submitted to the Help Desk.

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