Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing

Program Impact

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NIOSH is strongly committed to program evaluation as a way to maximize its contributions to improved occupational safety and health. Regular review of program activities, outputs, and outcomes is essential to demonstrating program performance. The Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishing (AgFF) Program conducts reviews and shares program impact in a variety of ways.

Program Performance One-pager

Program Performance One-Pagers (PPOPs) are a snapshot of NIOSH programs’ priorities, strategies used to make progress towards priorities, recent accomplishments, and upcoming work.

Impact Sheets

Impact Sheets briefly describe an occupational safety or health hazard, the specific NIOSH or NIOSH-funded research activity that was conducted to address the hazard, the resulting impact or recommendations, and relevant statistics.

Safety and health in agriculture
Safety in commercial fishing

Program Reviews

National Academies Review

NIOSH understands that external expert review is one of the most valid and accepted methods of evaluating research programs. Consequently, NIOSH requested that the National Academies evaluate NIOSH research programs with respect to their impact, relevance, and future directions. In 2007 the National Academies was asked to evaluate what NIOSH research programs are producing and to determine the extent to which NIOSH research is responsible for changes in the workplace that reduce the risk of occupational injuries, illnesses, and deaths. More information is available at the National Academies Evaluation of NIOSH Research Programs page.

2012 Independent Program Review

An independent review of the NIOSH AgFF Program was completed in June 2012 as a follow-up to the 2007 National Academies review. The 2012 review covered the period 2006-2011. This review was not conducted by the National Academies, however, many members of the 2007 National Academies review panel participated in the 2012 review and an identical framework, criteria, and scoring structure was used.

The findings of the 2012 review recognized the AgFF Program for building new partnerships, developing a comprehensive set of goals, addressing many of the recommendations from the 2007 review, and achieving multiple impacts and outcomes. The recent progress and accomplishments of the NIOSH AgFF program were reflected in the 2012 review scores of 5 (out of 5) for relevance of its work to improve occupational safety and health within the sector and 4 (out of 5) for impact on reducing workplace illnesses and injuries. Primary recommendations of the five-year review include surveillance, worksite size dilemmas, defining worksite ‘populations at risk’, use of printed media, emerging animal agriculture production practices, forestry and fishing issues, and climate change implications.

Page last reviewed: May 13, 2020