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Development of Performance Measures in NIAD’s Division of Clinical Research

Wednesday, October 10, 2012 — Poster Session II

Noon – 2:00 p.m

Natcher Conference Center, Building 45




  • S. Weiss
  • L. McNay


The Office of Planning and Operations Support (OPOS) in NIAID’s Division of Clinical Research (DCR) is developing performance measures to provide data-driven progress reports for projects and employees within the Division. The search for appropriate performance measures is no simple task given the eclectic role that DCR plays in facilitating clinical research both domestically and globally. The poster presents a multi-factorial picture of incremental research forming the foundation, development, validation and implementation of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) that reflect the work-product of DCR’s seven branches. Fundamental to the research are identification of: (1) comparison measures, e.g., baseline performance data and leading industry/government benchmarks against which DCR’s performance can be compared, (2) proposed data collection sources, methods, instruments and analysis, and (3) computer tools for assembling, tracking and sorting performance data. Objectives include refinement and pilot testing of the proposed performance metrics and goal-setting benchmarks to determine if they adequately reflect each branch’s productivity, and gleaning information about contextual factors and intervening variables that may impact performance. Deployment of appropriate performance measures will enable quantifiable, objective assessment of DCR’s clinical research enterprise. Data derived from the metrics will help the Division achieve higher productivity, efficient outcomes, and optimal use of resources.

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