The Clinical and Translational Sciences Awards (CTSA) Consortium, led by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is charged with accelerating and improving clinical and translational research. So far, the potential of the CTSA Program is only partially realized. In order to maximize the Consortium’s impact, NCATS is implementing the Common Metrics Initiative, which employs a set of common metrics for use in collaborative management based on the principles of the Results-Based Accountability (RBA) framework. The Common Metrics Initiative will use a set of developed common metrics that will help to focus all activities, as a network and at the hubs, on making significant, measurable improvements in research translation and workforce development.
On these pages, we will share project documents and resources including:
- Training module copies
- Pre-work documents
- Learning assignments
- Case studies
- Useful tools and forms
- Recordings of training webinars.
For the most up-to-date versions of the operational guidelines of the current common metrics, please see below.
We will also share additional resources related to Common Metrics topics, Results Based Accountability resources and Quality Improvement/Research Process Improvement.
Common Metrics Operational Guidelines
- Common Metrics Operational Guidelines – Careers in Clinical & Translational Research (PDF)
- Common Metrics Operational Guidelines – IRB Duration (PDF)
- Common Metrics Operational Guidelines – Pilot Funding & Publications (PDF)
- Common Metrics Operational Guidelines – Pilot Funding & Grants (OPTIONAL) (PDF)
Help Desk Services
We created a Help Desk to provide general support for the Implementation of the Common Metrics at your hub. Anyone at a CTSA hub involved in the Common Metric Implementation can contact the Help Desk.
The Help Desk email inbox is monitored Monday through Friday (except holidays), 8:30AM-5:00PM EST/EDT. We will respond to inquiries within two hours if we receive them Monday through Friday between 8:30AM-3:00PM (EST/EDT). We will respond to inquiries received after 3:00PM or on weekends and holidays by 11:00AM the next business day.
The phone line is staffed Monday through Friday (except holidays) from 8:30AM-5:00PM EST/EDT.
Help Desk Contacts
Project Updates/Important News
Development of 2017 Common Metrics
- Informatics Metric
- Accrual Metric (coming soon!)
- Metric Informational Sheet
- Metric Informational Slide Deck
- Questions? Contact Patricia.Jones@nih.gov