Request for comment on the second decade of NORA
NIOSH Docket Number 244-A, CDC-2015-0002
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is evaluating the impact of the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA, /nora/). NORA is a partnership program to stimulate innovative research and improved workplace practices. Unveiled in 1996, NORA has become a research framework for NIOSH and the nation. Diverse parties collaborate to identify the most critical issues in workplace safety and health. Partners work together to develop goals and objectives for addressing these needs. Participation in NORA is broad, including stakeholders from universities, large and small businesses, professional societies, government agencies, and worker organizations.
The program entered its second decade in 2006 with a new sector based structure to better move research to practice within workplaces. The national agenda is developed and implemented through the NORA Sector Councils. Each Council develops and maintains an agenda for its sector (/nora/). The collection of national sector agendas is the agenda for the nation for improvements in occupational safety and health through research and partnerships. Representing all stakeholders, the councils use an open process to set goals, develop strategies, encourage partnerships, and promote improved workplace practices.
NIOSH is reviewing the accomplishments of the second decade of NORA and is preparing for the third decade, which will start in 2016.
As a part of this review, NIOSH sought comments from partners and the public to evaluate the second decade and plan for the third decade of NORA. NIOSH requested the following feedback:
Please describe the most significant successes and challenges of your engagement with NIOSH during the second decade of NORA (2006 to present).
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