Programs & Funding

The NIOSH Hearing Loss Prevention Program has developed strategic goals to guide NIOSH's research and partnership efforts related to preventing occupational hearing loss. Hearing loss was previously one of the NIOSH priority topic areas established to guide research efforts, and under NORA it continues to be the focus of intramural and extramural research efforts. The application of strategic goals takes this approach a step further by identifying specific outcomes that we want to target, performance measures for evaluating progress in meeting outcome goals, and intermediate goals to describe the necessary steps that need to be performed to accomplish each strategic 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 injury statistics 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 a national reduction in work-related hearing loss. Because NIOSH is a research agency, we typically have an indirect rather than a direct influence on outcomes. As such, stakeholder partnerships have proven to be especially useful in translating NIOSH research into outcomes.
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