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Program Impact

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 Traumatic Injury Prevention Program conducts reviews and shares program impact in a variety of ways.

Program Review

NIOSH understands that external expert review is one of the most valid and accepted methods of evaluating research programs. For this reason, NIOSH requested that the National Academies evaluate a group of NIOSH research programs with respect to their impact, relevance, and future directions. The National Academies was asked to evaluate what NIOSH research programs are producing and to determine the extent to which NIOSH research may be 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, and a timeline of the evaluation for The Traumatic Injury Prevention Program is below.

In 2007, The National Academies evaluated the Traumatic Injury Prevention Program’s impact, relevance, and future directions for the time period 1996-2005. The National Academies published a reportexternal icon, which showed the Traumatic Injury Prevention Program’s efforts aligned with priority areas, and demonstrated effects on some end outcomes or well accepted intermediate outcomes, and provided recommendations for future enhancements. The evaluation resulted in scores of 4 out of 5 for both Relevance and Impact.

In response to the National Academies recommendations, the NIOSH Traumatic Injury Steering Committee developed an implementation plan with input from the NIOSH Board of Scientific Counselors (BSC). In 2012, the BSC scored the Traumatic Injury Prevention Program’s progress against a set of National Academies’ recommendations in the areas of Relevance, Sustainability, Progress, and Potential for Impact. The summary score was 4.4. Progress was scored again in the same areas in 2014, and the Traumatic Injury Prevention Program received a summary score of 4.7.

Beyond the Program Review, the National Academies conducted a study, “A Smarter National Surveillance System for Occupational Safety and Health in the 21st Century,” co-sponsored by NIOSH, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Surveillance, a component of the Traumatic Injury Prevention Program, was part of this review study. The consensus study report is available here.external icon.

The Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program (FFFIPP) is a part of the Traumatic Injury Prevention and Cancer, Reproductive Health, and Cardiovascular Diseases Programs. Over the years, the FFFIPP has sought and used both formal program reviews and stakeholder input to make changes that reflect our ongoing experience with the Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program; evolving knowledge about factors that put fire fighters at risk of injury and death; and work with fire service and safety partners to identify new needs. For more information, see Our Work, Reviewed page.

NIOSH’s Center for Motor Vehicle Safety (CMVS) published the results of an evaluationexternal icon of its 2014-2018 strategic plan. The evaluation package includes the evaluation report, a report of progress on performance measures, and five impact stories that trace progress from actions to outputs to impacts for five worker groups. The CMVS is now developing a new 10-year strategic plan which will go into effect in 2020.

Program Performance One-Pager

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

Traumatic Injury Prevention Program Performance One-Pager

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.

Page last reviewed: November 5, 2019