SMALL BUSINESS ASSISTANCE AND OUTREACH
Outcomes are events that indicate progress toward the program's goals. End outcomes are reductions in worker injuries, diseases, or hazardous exposures. Such changes have complex causes, and any effect of the program activities on these outcomes can take years to be measurable. Even then, it may be difficult or impossible to determine the portion of a reduction that is attributable to the activities and outputs of the program. Hence, it is necessary and helpful to focus on the achievement of intermediate outcomes. Intermediate outcomes are the actions stakeholders take to put the program's outputs to work in the cause of prevention. For example, a trade association might develop training materials for its members based on research done by the program. Or, a group of insurance companies might add an incentive to employers to use a particular injury prevention practice. That incentive might have been driven by the program's research. This ability of this program to achieve intermediate outcomes depends a good and understanding of small business concerns. This will occur through productive partnerships, and we are interested in identifying those opportunities.
The Small Business Assistance and Outreach Program recently joined the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. This 2,000-member organization serves businesses that are located near NIOSH facilities in Cincinnati. The program joined the Chamber to learn more about the opportunities to bring workplace health and safety information to small business through Chamber activities. The Northern Kentucky Chamber is rated as a 5-star chamber by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for its sound policies, effective organizational procedures, and positive impact on the community. The rating places it among the top 1/2 of one percent of the 7,000 chambers in the U.S.
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