Developing Common Metrics for Clinical and Translational Awards

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Dr. Ann Dozier, Lead Evaluator for the University of Rochester Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI).

Dr. Ann Dozier, lead evaluator for the University of Rochester Clinical and Translational Science Institute, contributed to a recent publication in the Clinical and Translational Science Journal entitled “Developing Common Metrics for the Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSAs): Lessons Learned.” The paper describes an effort by the national CTSA Evaluation Key Function Committee to develop and test a methodology for identifying common metrics to assess the efficiency of clinical research processes and for pilot testing these processes for collecting and analyzing metrics.

Dr. Dozier offered this comment: “This project further reinforced the importance of engaging stakeholders (potential end users) in the process of common metric development and how different the CTSAs are in what and how their internal data are gathered and maintained.”

The project involved more than one-fourth of all CTSAs and resulted in useful information regarding the challenges in developing common metrics, the complexity and costs of acquiring data for the metrics, and limitations on the utility of the metrics in assessing clinical research performance. The results of this process led to the identification of lessons learned and recommendations for development and use of common metrics to evaluate the CTSA effort.

Click here to access a PDF of the article.

 

 

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