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Common Metrics Initiative

The Common Metrics Initiative is designed to assess and optimize the CTSA Program’s overall impact on the nation’s health. Establishing a set of standard evaluation measures across CTSA Program hubs helps focus program activities, streamline data collection, and demonstrate measurable progress toward program goals, including improvements in research translation and workforce development.

NCATS works collaboratively with researchers, administrators, program evaluators and a diverse range of staff from various CTSA Program hubs to develop, demonstrate and disseminate new common metrics. Currently, three metrics are established across the hubs:

  • Careers in clinical and translational research
  • Institutional review board duration
  • Pilot funding and publications

Investigators at the CTSA Program’s Center for Leading Innovation and Collaboration (CLIC) at the University of Rochester lead the Coordinating Center, which is supporting the Common Metrics Initiative. Learn more about common metrics.