To gather data on the effectiveness of pods as a mechanism for communication of Steering Committee activities.
At the direction of NCATS and the CTSA Program Consortium Steering Committee, CLIC performed an online survey to elicit feedback on the “CTSA Program pods”. Questions addressed the current pod call structure and value of the pod calls, what has been working well, what could be improved, and recommendations for changing or improving these calls. The survey was sent via email to the CTSA Program PI and Administrative Listserves (with two reminder emails) and collected via REDCap. There were 68 respondents from 53 unique hubs (out of 64 total hubsunder current funding and no-cost extension) for a final response rate of 82.81%. Most variables had valid data for 66 respondents.
In general, the pod call structure was rated favorably, but with a range of responses from negative to positive. Common themes were 1) to establish and increase bi-directional communication, 2) to have more PI input to Steering Committee and NCATS agendas, and 3) improve the structure of pod membership, e.g., determined by region or interest, be more self-governing, be more structured. Several unique recommendations for these two common themes were offered.
This report summarizes survey results for the quantifiable items (e.g., ratings, categories), as well as the common themes and specific recommendations gleaned from open-ended responses.
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