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Inputs: NIOSH Strategic Goals

The NIOSH Transportation, Warehousing, and Utilities Program is in the process of developing strategic goals to guide our research and partnership efforts over the next decade.

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 NIOSH wants 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 for the following reasons:

  • Goal-setting forces us to focus on a subgroup of issues on which we believe NIOSH can have an impact. A long list would spread our resources too thin to accomplish the goals, so not every worthwhile topic can be included.
  • Performance measures are difficult to develop. Available injury statistics have limitations, and exposure and health outcome measures are typically not available.
  • Setting goals to achieve outcomes (such as reductions in the national fatality rate) is ambitious for NIOSH. Since NIOSH is a research agency, it does not often directly influence outcomes: We must partner well and influence other groups to show results.


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.


Transportation, Warehousing and Utilities Program Goals for Intramural Research

NIOSH has developed strategic goals for the Transportation, Warehousing and Utilities Program. As required by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), these strategic goals will be organized by outcomes such as injuries and illnesses instead of more general topic areas such as reducing all occupational mortality in the transportation industry. When completed, the strategic plan will include intermediate and annual goals along with performance measures to guide attainment of the strategic goals.

The current interim strategic goals guiding NIOSH researchers developing new projects related to the transportation, warehousing and utilities sector are below:

  • Strategic Goal 1: Reduce lost-workday occupational traumatic injury and fatality rates in the TWU sector.
  • Strategic Goal 2: Reduce the incidence and severity of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSD) among workers in the TWU sector.
  • Strategic Goal 3: Improve health and reduce premature mortality among TWU workers through workplace programs and practices that (1) enable workers to engage in healthy behaviors, (2) reduce work-related physiological and psychological stressors, and (3) improve healthcare utilization.
  • Strategic Goal 4: Identify, evaluate, and reduce chemical, biological, and physical occupational hazards and exposures that results in a reduction of occupational injuries, illnesses, and fatalities in the TWU sector.


Transportation, Warehousing and Utilities Program Priority Goal for Extramural Research

The Transportation, Warehousing and Utilities Program selected the following priority goal as particularly suited for extramural research during fiscal years 2014-16:

  • Strategic Goal 3: Improve health and reduce premature mortality among TWU workers through workplace programs and practices that (1) enable workers to engage in healthy behaviors, (2) reduce work-related physiological and psychological stressors, and (3) improve healthcare utilization.

Those seeking NIOSH grants to conduct studies benefiting workers in the transportation, warehousing and utilities sector can view the .

NIOSH is interested in your opinions about the relevance and value of these strategic goals for the transportation, warehousing and utilities sector. We encourage you to consider partnering with us on issues of interest to you and your organization.

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