Overview

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

Implementation Success Stories

The Common Metrics Initiative is being implemented across the CTSA Consortium. Implementation Success Stories present some of the ways these diverse institutions are using the RBA framework and other CMI tools. These snapshots are meant to highlight innovations and provide an accessible source of practical ideas for supporting continuous improvement at any hub.

Help Desk

The Help Desk provides general support for the implementation of the Common Metrics at your hub. Anyone at a CTSA hub involved with the Common Metrics implementation can contact the help desk:

Project Updates/Important News

Common Metrics Transition

Common Metrics Initiative Transition Letter (PDF)

Entering the 2016 Common Metrics Values and Updating Turn-the-Curve (TTC) Plans

2016 Common Metric values and updated Turn-the-Curve (TTC) plans for the first three metrics were due August 30, 2017. Please contact the Helpdesk if you have any questions. Updating your TTC plan includes describing any changes to underlying factors, the progress you have made by implementing selected strategies, and the results of any additional measures you are using to track progress with these strategies. Click here for step by step guidance on updating Scorecard.

Development of 2017 Common Metrics