Programs & Funding

The NIOSH CRC is in the process of developing formal strategic goals to guide our research and partnership efforts over the next decade.

NIOSH previously used "priority" topic areas (e.g., cancer, cardiovascular disease) to guide research efforts. Goals take this approach a step further by identifying specific outcomes that we want to target, performance measures for evaluating progress in meeting the outcome goals, and intermediate goals to describe the necessary steps that need to be performed to accomplish the goal. Setting goals is challenging because

  • It forces us to focus on a subgroup of issues where we think NIOSH can make an impact-a long list would spread our resources too thin to accomplish the goals. Not every worthwhile topic can be included.
  • It is difficult to develop performance measures. Available surveillance data have limitations, and exposure and health outcome measures are typically not available.
  • It is ambitious for NIOSH to set goals to achieve outcomes such as reductions in incidence of cancer. NIOSH is a research agency so we do not often directly influence outcomes-we must partner well and influence other groups to show results.
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