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Construction

NORA Construction Sector Strategic Goals

921Z8UZ - Developing Construction Sector Communications Capabilities

Start Date: 10/1/2008
End Date: 9/30/2009

Principal Investigator (PI)
Name: Matthew Gillen
Phone: 202-245-0651
Organization: NIOSH
Sub-Unit: OD
Funded By: NIOSH

Primary Goal Addressed
None

Secondary Goal Addressed
None

Attributed to Construction
98%

Project Description

Short Summary

The PHP project for the NORA Construction sector directly addresses the call to “empower the NORA Sectors to engage their partners to address the most important PHP goals and objectives and to jump start the NORA Sectors addressing PHP needs related to sector goals and objectives.” The project will improve the capabilities of the NIOSH Construction Program and NORA Construction Sector Council to organize information related to14 national agenda goals, optimize dissemination and diffusion of information to stakeholders, and track transfer and use of information over the decade.



The project will: 1) develop a stakeholder database; 2) create a quarterly sector E-News type bulletin; 3) develop prototypes for new types of sector-specific communication products; 4) organize existing construction research; and 5) provide communication support for other demonstration projects.



Description

The project will improve the capabilities of the NIOSH Construction Program and NORA Construction Sector Council to organize information related to14 national agenda goals, optimize dissemination and diffusion of information to stakeholders, and track transfer and use of information over the decade.



The significance of the proposed project is that it will build the communication infrastructure needed for the program to reliably transfer research outputs to the external construction community. Improving dissemination is a basic building block for enhancing r2p linkages in construction. The database will provide an important source for construction-specific “r2p plans” generated for each NIOSH sponsored project. It will also serve internal NIOSH researcher customers by facilitating their ability to identify potential construction partners and customers for project planning purposes.



In following with the NIOSH Public Health Practice project model, social marketing theory will be used to provide a conceptual framework. For this project we will use the Diffusion of Innovations Theory (DIT) to guide this project. The project staff is consists of experts in health communication, construction sector issues, and technical experts. Working collaboratively, the project staff will: 1) create and populate a stakeholder database; 2) create a quarterly sector E-News type bulletin to cover the work of the sector council as well as other updates from NIOSH and partners; 3) develop prototypes for new types of sector-specific communication products that would focus on the intervention/solution to an occupational safety and health concern such as contractor fact sheets; 4) organize existing construction research according to the 10 “top problem” topics as identified by the NORA Construction Sector Council; and 5) provide communication support for other demonstration projects expected to be included in the overall sector PHP proposal.



The project is being done using internal NIOSH resources since internal NIOSH contacts already have the capabilities to develop the project outputs. The project will run from FY 2007 to FY 2009.



Objectives

The project will improve the capabilities of the NIOSH Construction Program and NORA Construction Sector Council to organize information related to10 evolving national agenda goals, optimize dissemination and diffusion of information to stakeholders, and track transfer and use of information over the decade.



Page last updated:April 24, 2013
Page last reviewed:May 23, 2011
Content Source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Office of the Director

 

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