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Inputs: NIOSH Strategic Goals

The NIOSH Economics Program developed strategic goals to guide our research and partnership efforts over the next decade.

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. There are ten Sector Programs representing industrial sectors and 24 Cross-Sector Programs organized around adverse health outcomes, statutory programs, global efforts, and other cross-cutting issues of high priority.

The Sector Programs intersect with Cross-Sector Programs in a matrix-like fashion. For example, a goal of reducing injuries and fatalities due to falls in construction would likely be a shared goal between the Construction Sector and with the Traumatic Injury Cross-Sector Program and, if appropriate, would be adopted by both programs. This approach allows multiple programs to work together towards the accomplishment of intersecting goals.

Economics Goals

NIOSH previously used priority topic areas (e.g., traumatic injury, hearing loss) to guide research efforts. Strategic goals take this approach a step further by identifying specific outcomes that NIOSH wants to target, performance measures for evaluating progress in meeting outcome goals, and intermediate goals to delineate the necessary steps to accomplish each strategic goal.

The goals of the Economics Cross-Sector Program were developed with feedback from stakeholders and interactions with the NORA Sector and other Cross-Sector Programs.

An interactive web site allows you to browse through all NIOSH Economics Program goals and associated projects and publications.

Economics Program Goals for Intramural Research

The current strategic goals guiding NIOSH researchers developing new projects related to the Economics Program are below:

  • Strategic Goal 1: Increase the knowledge base on the value of preventing occupational illness and injury.
  • Strategic Goal 2: Increase the knowledge base on how economic factors, management strategies, and demographic trends affect occupational health and safety.
  • Strategic Goal 3: Enhance the capacity to make use of available knowledge on the economics of occupational health and safety.
  • Strategic Goal 4: Develop strategic partnerships among researchers in the fields of economics and occupational health and safety and between researchers and practitioners to improve the relevance, quality, and impact of occupational health and safety research.

Economics Program Priority Goal for Extramural Research

The Economics Program selected the following priority goal as particularly suited for extramural research during fiscal years 2014-16:

  • Strategic Goal 2: Increase the knowledge base on how economic factors, management strategies, and demographic trends affect occupational health and safety.

Those seeking NIOSH grants to conduct studies related to the Economics Program can view the current funding opportunities .

NIOSH is interested in your opinions about the relevance and value of strategic goals for the Economics Program. We encourage you to consider partnering with us on issues of interest to you and your organization.