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Inputs: NIOSH Strategic Goals

A key leadership role for Acumen is the development of the NIOSH Research Agenda for Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs). Acumen is in the process of developing "strategic goals" to guide our research and partnership efforts over the next decade.

NIOSH Program Portfolio Approach

NIOSH has been organizing research, guidance, information, and service efforts into specific programs that can be readily communicated and strategically governed and evaluated. Ten Sector Programs represent industrial sectors, and twenty-four Cross-sector Programs organized around adverse health outcomes, statutory programs and global efforts.

The Sector Programs intersect with Cross-Sector Programs in a matrix-like fashion. For example, an Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing Program goal of reducing farm-related deaths and injuries due to tractor rollovers and trucks would likely be a shared goal with the Transportation Program and if appropriate would be adopted by both programs. This approach provides an added advantage and will allow multiple Programs to work towards accomplishment of intersecting goals.

Each of the 34 programs in the NIOSH Program Portfolio has a Manager and Coordinator. Each of the 10 NIOSH Sector Programs facilitates the work of a NORA Sector Council to engage external stakeholders in the process of developing sector goals for the nation and methods to measure the short-term, intermediate and long-term outcomes arising from those goals. The NORA goals for the nation will be considered when choosing NIOSH sector program goals. Cross Sector programs have internal Steering Committees that develop program goals and monitor outcome measures.

These planning efforts will position NIOSH to align with the most current governmental approaches for evaluating program effectiveness, i.e., the Program Assessment Rating Tool (or PART). PART is a mechanism to hold governmental agencies accountable for accomplishing results. As part of our comprehensive approach to performance measurement, NIOSH has engaged the National Academies to independently evaluate our sector and cross-programs for relevance and impact.

NIOSH Musculoskeletal Disorders Program Strategic Goals for Intramural Research

  • Strategic Goal 1: Reduce the incidence of work-related MSDs on the basis of accurate risk assessments by developing and using valid and reliable exposure assessment methods and devices.
  • Strategic Goal 2: Reduce the incidence of work-related MSDs through a better understanding of the causal mechanisms underlying injury and disability.
  • Strategic Goal 3: Reduce the incidence of work-related MSDs by implementing practical and effective workplace interventions to reduce MSD risk factors.
  • Strategic Goal 4: Reduce the incidence of work-related MSDs through widespread and targeted dissemination and communication of safety and health information and effective education and training.
  • Strategic Goal 5: Reduce the incidence of work-related MSDs on the basis of actionable knowledge of the prevalence, incidence, and severity of work-related MSDs.

NIOSH and Acumen are interested in your opinions about the relevance and value of strategic goals for the MSD Cross-Sector Program. We encourage you to consider partnering with us on issues of interest to you and your organization.


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