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Inputs: NIOSH Strategic Goals

The NIOSH Wholesale and Retail Trade 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:

  • It forces NIOSH to focus on a subgroup of issues where we think NIOSH can make an impact-a long list would spread NIOSH 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.
  • It is ambitious for NIOSH to set goals to achieve outcomes such as reductions in a national fatality rate. NIOSH is a research agency, and as such does not directly influence outcomes-NIOSH 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 NORA 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.


Wholesale and Retail Trade Goals for Intramural Research

NIOSH developed strategic goals for the Wholesale and Retail Trade 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 wholesale and retail trade 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 strategic goals guiding NIOSH researchers developing new projects related to the wholesale and retail trade sector are below:

  • Strategic Goal 1: Reduce chronic musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) in wholesale and retail trade (WRT) sector workers.
  • Strategic Goal 2: Reduce acute traumatic injuries in wholesale and retail trade workers by minimizing hazards that cause falls, slips and trips as well as acute injuries from contact with hard objects.
  • Strategic Goal 3: Reduce workplace violence in wholesale and retail trades through improved workplace design and improved training in the recognition and abatement of conditions that pose a risk of violence.
  • Strategic Goal 4: Reduce motor vehicle-related injuries and fatalities among WRT workers in the highest risk sub-sectors.
  • Strategic Goal 5: Improve outreach to the small businesses within the wholesale and retail trade sector, which account for nearly 65% of the WRT workforce, by providing access to current occupational safety and health information.
  • Strategic Goal 6: Increase our understanding of how vulnerable/contingent worker groups experience disproportionate risks in wholesale and retail jobs and expand the availability and use of effective interventions to reduce injuries and illnesses among these groups.


Wholesale and Retail Trade Program Priority Goals for Extramural Research

The Wholesale and Retail Trade Program selected the following priority goals as particularly suited for extramural research during fiscal years 2014-16:

  • Strategic Goal 1: Reduce chronic musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) in wholesale and retail trade (WRT) sector workers.
  • Strategic Goal 5: Improve outreach to the small businesses within the wholesale and retail trade sector, which account for nearly 65% of the WRT workforce, by providing access to current occupational safety and health information.
  • Strategic Goal 6: Increase our understanding of how vulnerable/contingent worker groups experience disproportionate risks in wholesale and retail jobs and expand the availability and use of effective interventions to reduce injuries and illnesses among these groups.

Those seeking NIOSH grants to conduct studies benefiting workers in the wholesale and retail trade sector can view the .

NIOSH is interested in your opinions about the relevance and value of these strategic goals for the wholesale and retail trade sector. NIOSH encourages you to consider partnering on issues of interest to you and your organization.

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