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SMALL BUSINESS ASSISTANCE AND OUTREACH

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Inputs: NIOSH Strategic Goals

The NIOSH Small Business Assistance and Outreach Cross-sector has developed strategic goals that are noted below. NIOSH welcomes both internal and external input into the goal development process.

NIOSH previously used priority topic areas (e.g., traumatic injury, hearing loss) 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 injury statistics have limitations, and exposure and health outcome measures are typically not available. This is especially true for small businesses.
  • It is ambitious for NIOSH to set goals to achieve outcomes such as reductions in a national fatality rate. As a research agency, NIOSH does not often directly influence outcomes. We must partner well and influence other groups to show results. This is critical in our efforts to reduce workplace injuries and illnesses within the small business community.


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.


Small Business Assistance and Outreach Program Goals for Intramural Research

  • Strategic Goal 1: Reduce fatal and serious injuries associated with: 1) struck-by incidents associated with objects, vehicles, and collapsing materials and structures, and 2) falls to a lower level in the construction industry.
  • Strategic Goal 3: By 2015, reduce the frequency of injuries by 30% among food service workers.
  • Strategic Goal 4: Reduce chronic musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) and motor-vehicle related injuries and fatalities in wholesale and retail trade workers.
  • Strategic Goal 5: Reduce injuries and illnesses in smaller businesses by better-understanding intermediary organizations, their structure operations and networks, and by better-understanding the work environment of smaller enterprises.


Small Business Assistance and Outreach Program Priority Goal for Extramural Research

The NIOSH Small Business Assistance and Outreach Program selected the a strategic goal as particularly suited for extramural research during fiscal years 2014-16:

  • Strategic Goal 5: Reduce injuries and illnesses in smaller businesses by better-understanding intermediary organizations, their structure operations and networks, and by better-understanding the work environment of smaller enterprises.

Those seeking NIOSH grants to conduct studies related to the Small Business Assistance and Outreach Program can view the current funding opportunities.

NIOSH is interested in your opinions about the relevance and value of strategic goals for the Small Business Assistance and Outreach Program. We encourage you to consider partnering with us on issues of interest to you and your organization. We welcome your input regarding the needs and priorities of small business entities with regard to improvements in occupational safety and health.

Comments and suggestions may be sent by mail or email to:

Ray Sinclair, Coordinator
Small Business Assistance and Outreach Program
NIOSH - Taft Laboratory
4676 Columbia Parkway, C-2
Cincinnati, Ohio 45226
Rsinclair@cdc.gov
513.533.8172

The development of goals for the NIOSH Small Business Assistance and Outreach Cross-sector area will be closely linked to the work of the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) Sector Councils.

 

 
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  • Page last reviewed: September 18, 2013
  • Page last updated: September 18, 2013
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