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The National Academies Evaluation of NIOSH Programs

From mid-2005 until the end of 2008, the National Academies conducted separate evaluation studies of eight NIOSH programs. The purpose of the reviews was to assess the impact and relevance of each program and to identify emerging issues. As "Science Advisors to the Nation," the National Academies and their component organizations, the National Research Council and the Institute of Medicine, provided rigorous, independent expert reviews. The eight NIOSH programs reviewed were:

  • Hearing Loss Research Program
  • Mining Research Program
  • Respiratory Disease Research Program
  • Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishing Research Program
  • Traumatic Injuries Research Program
  • Personal Protective Technology Research Program
  • Construction Research Program
  • Health Hazard Evaluation Program

In order to conduct these reviews in an orderly and consistent way, in 2005, NIOSH charged the National Academies with impaneling a study panel to develop a framework that could guide all the reviews. That panel was chaired by David Wegman, MD, of the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. The framework document they wrote set standards and methods to be used in all the reviews.

A panel of experts was recruited for each NIOSH program review. Expertise included the content area, knowledge diffusion specialists, and program evaluation experts. Each panel received an evidence package of written materials from the managers of the NIOSH program under study. Program managers also presented evidence before the committees orally and interacted frequently with their reviewing panel. Each panel conducted the review over a period of time that ranged from nine to 20 months. Once the panel’s report was drafted, it was reviewed by a second, independent panel of experts. One hundred and eighty five scientists and experts were involved in the eight reviews. All of them served for no compensation in the interest of independent and rigorous review principles.

This project is part of a series of interactions in which NIOSH has asked the National Academies to conduct expert reviews of scientific questions and programs NIOSH faces in fulfilling its mission.

General Information

Evaluating Occupational Health and Safety Research Programs: Framework and Next Steps
This report provides lessons learned in the evaluation process.

Framework for the Review of Research Programs of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health [PDF 423 MB]- Version dated 8/10/07

National Academies Current Projects Database
Search this database with the keyword “NIOSH” to see links to all current studies sponsored by NIOSH. Those links provide information about the charge to each committee, the names and brief biographies for each evaluation committee member, meeting dates, and agendas for the public portions of each meeting.

Letter to the Framework Committee for the Evaluation of NIOSH Research Programs from NIOSH Director John Howard, M.D., May 3, 2005 [PDF 62 KB]

National Academies Review of NIOSH Research Programs [PDF 2.49 MB]
A presentation by Lewis Wade, Ph.D., NIOSH senior science advisor, May 5, 2005

NIOSH Programs Reviewed by the National Academies – 2005-2008

Health Hazard Evaluations (HHE) Program Review

Health Hazard Evaluations (HHE) Program Program Evidence Package
This document provides evidence of the relevance and impact of the Health Hazard Evaluation (HHE) Program of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). NIOSH produced the document as part of a review of its programs by the National Academies. NIOSH has asked the National Academies to assess its contributions to improving health and safety in the workplace. Submitted September, 2007.

National Academies: The Health Hazard Evaluation Program at NIOSH

National Academies Report Brief on the HHE Program [PDF 720 kb]

HHE Program Implementation Plan Response to National Academies Evaluation [PDF 664 KB] - FINAL 5.7.2010

HHE Progress Report on Implementation of National Academies Recommendations
This report contains information regarding the progress that has been made by the HHE Program on implementing select National Academies recommendations.

NIOSH Board of Scientific Counselors HHE Implementation Progress Score Sheet
This document contains the scores and justifications provided by the NIOSH Board of Scientific Counselors on the HHE Program’s progress toward implementing select National Academies recommendations.

Personal Protective Technology Program Review

Overview of the Personal Protective Technology Program at NIOSH [PDF 1.9 MB]
A presentation by Leslie Boord, Program Manager, and Maryann D’Alessandro, Program Coordinator, Personal Protective Technology Program, September, 2007

Personal Protective Technology Program Evidence Package
Materials submitted from the program to its NA evaluation committee. Includes PPT Program history, strategic goals, funding, staff and operational logic model, and discusses the intermediate goals, associated issues, external factors, approach, outputs, and outcomes for each strategic goal. Submitted September, 2007

National Academies Report: Personal Protective Technology Program at NIOSH

PPT Program Response to the National Academies Evaluation [PDF 715 KB] - FINAL 5.21.2010

PPT Progress Report on Implementation of National Academies Recommendations
This report contains information regarding the progress that has been made by the PPT Program on implementing select National Academies recommendations.

NIOSH Board of Scientific Counselors PPT Implementation Progress Score Sheet
This document contains the scores and justifications provided by the NIOSH Board of Scientific Counselors on the PPT Program’s progress toward implementing select National Academies recommendations.

Construction Research Program Review

Overview of the Construction Research Program [PDF 532 KB]
A presentation by Frank J. Hearl, P.E., Program Manager, Construction Program, July, 2007

Construction Program Evidence Package
This report represents the evidence package from NIOSH to the Construction Research Program Evaluation Committee. - Submitted July, 2007

National Academies Report: Construction Research at NIOSH

NIOSH Construction Program Plan to Implement the National Academies’ Program Evaluation Recommendations [PDF 782 KB]
NIOSH Board of Scientific Counselors Review August 2009

Construction Program Progress Report on Implementation of National Academies Recommendations [PDF 621 KB]
This report contains information regarding the progress that has been made by the Construction Program on implementing select National Academies recommendations.

NIOSH Board of Scientific Counselors Construction Program Implementation Progress Score Sheet [PDF 280 KB]
This document contains the scores and justifications provided by the NIOSH Board of Scientific Counselors on the Construction Program’s progress toward implementing select National Academies recommendations.

Traumatic Injury Research Program

Overview of the Traumatic Injury Program [PDF 876 KB]
A presentation by Nancy Stout, Ed.D, Director, Division of Safety Research, March, 2007.

Traumatic Injury Evidence Package
Materials submitted from the program to its NA evaluation committee. Includes current and future research goals, and evidence of program relevance and impact. Submitted March, 2007

National Academies Report: Traumatic Injury Research at NIOSH

NIOSH Traumatic Injury Research Program Plan to Implement the National Academies Program Evaluation Recommendations [PDF 287 KB] - April 19, 2010

Traumatic Injury Progress Report on Implementation of National Academies Recommendations [PDF 966 KB]
This report contains information regarding the progress that has been made by the Traumatic Injury Program on implementing select National Academies recommendations.

NIOSH Board of Scientific Counselors Traumatic Injury Implementation Progress Score Sheet [PDF 285 KB]
This document contains the scores and justifications provided by the NIOSH Board of Scientific Counselors on the Traumatic Injury Program’s progress toward implementing select National Academies recommendations.

Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishing Research Program

NIOSH Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishing Program Plan to Implement the National Academies Program Evaluation Recommendations [PDF 944 KB] - January 2011

Overview of the Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishing Research Program [PDF 2.6 MB]
A presentation by George A. Conway, MD, program manager, January, 2007

Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishing Program Evidence Package
Materials submitted from the program to its NA evaluation committee. Includes program logic model, research goals, and evidence of program relevance and impact. - Submitted January, 2007

National Academies Report: Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishing Research at NIOSH - Released December, 2007
A review of the NIOSH Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishing Research Program to evaluate the relevance of its work to improvement in occupational safety and health and the impact of NIOSH research in reducing workplace illnesses and injuries.

National Academies Report Brief on the Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishing Research Program [PDF 308 KB] - December 2007

Respiratory Diseases Research Program

Overview of the Respiratory Diseases Research Program [PDF 633 KB]
A presentation by David Weissman, MD, program manager, October, 2006

Respiratory Diseases Research Program Evidence Package
Materials submitted from the program to its NA evaluation committee. Includes emergency response and disaster preparedness, respirator policy, and sampling and analytical methods activities. Submitted October, 2006

National Academies Report: Respiratory Diseases Research at NIOSH - Released March, 2008

National Academies Report Brief on the Respiratory Diseases Research Program [PDF 271 KB]

NIOSH Respiratory Diseases Research Program Implementation Plan: Responding to Recommendations in the National Academies Report, Respiratory Diseases Research at NIOSH [PDF 416 kb] - April 8, 2009

Respiratory Diseases Program Progress Report on Implementation of National Academies Recommendations [PDF 975 KB]
This report contains information regarding the progress that has been made by the Respiratory Diseases Program on implementing select National Academies recommendations.

NIOSH Board of Scientific Counselors Respiratory Diseases Program Implementation Progress Score Sheet [PDF 255 KB]
This document contains the scores and justifications provided by the NIOSH Board of Scientific Counselors on the Respiratory Diseases Program’s progress toward implementing select National Academies recommendations.

Occupational Energy Research Program

Overview of the Occupational Energy Research Program for the National Academies’ “Review of the Worker and Public Health Activities Program Administered by DOE and DHHS”
A presentation by Mary Schubauer-Berigan, PhD, NIOSH/DSHEFS research epidemiologist, November, 2005

Occupational Energy Research Program Evidence Package
Materials submitted from the OER Program to the NA review committee.

National Academies Report: Review of the Worker and Public Health Activities Program Administered by the Department of Energy and the Department of Health and Human Services - December 2006

Mining Research Program Review

Overview of the Mining Research Program[PDF 2.4 MB]
A presentation by Jeffery L. Kohler, Ph.D., NIOSH associate director for mining and construction, May, 2005

Mining Research Program Evidence Package
Materials submitted from the program to its NA evaluation committee. Includes program logic model, research goals, and evidence of program relevance and impact. Submitted May, 2005.

National Academies Report: Mining Safety and Health Research at NIOSH - Released May, 2007

National Academies Report Brief on the Mining Safety and Health Research Program [PDF 280 KB]

Implementation Plan Response to the National Academies Report on the NIOSH Mining Program [PDF 234 KB] - June 2008

Mining Progress Report on Implementation of National Academies Recommendations [PDF - 509 KB] - August 2012
This report contains information regarding the progress that has been made by the Mining Program on implementing select National Academies recommendations.

Mine Safety and Health Research Advisory Committee Mining Implementation Progress Score Sheet [PDF - 105 KB]
This document contains the scores and justifications provided by the Mine Safety and Health Research Advisory Committee (MSHRAC) on the Mining Program’s progress toward implementing select National Academies recommendations.

Hearing Loss Research Program Review

Overview of the Hearing Loss Research Program at NIOSH [PDF 695 KB]
A presentation by W. Gregory Lotz, Ph.D., associate division director for Science, NIOSH Division of Applied Research and Technology, May, 2005

Hearing Loss Research Program Evidence Package
Materials submitted from the program to its NA evaluation committee. Includes program logic model, research goals, and evidence of program relevance and impact. Submitted May, 2005.

National Academies Report: Hearing Loss Research at NIOSH - Released August, 2006

Hearing Loss Research Program Response to the National Academies Evaluation [PDF 1.5 MB]
This document contains responses to recommendations from the 2006 National Academies Institute of Medicine (IOM) review of NIOSH hearing loss research (HLR) program and a strategic plan for future research. January, 2007

HLP Progress Report on Implementation of National Academies Recommendations
This report contains information regarding the progress that has been made by the HLP Program on implementing select National Academies recommendations.

NIOSH Board of Scientific Counselors HLP Implementation Progress Score Sheet
This document contains the scores and justifications provided by the NIOSH Board of Scientific Counselors on the HLP Program’s progress toward implementing select National Academies recommendations.

 
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