Common Metrics

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In order to maximize the CTSA Program’s impact, the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences developed and disseminated a set of Common Metrics (CMs) for use by the CTSA Program hubs as a tool for collaborative strategic management. The CM initiative captures data related to important functions and activities of the CTSA Program.

The Common Metrics are intended to help the CTSA Program make significant and measurable improvements toward achieving strategic goals in two main categories:

  • Clinical and translational science research workforce development
  • Excellence in clinical and translational science research

The CTSA Program achieves these goals within the network, collectively, and at the hubs, locally. The CM initiative intends to show how the strategic management of translational science research can directly lead to demonstrating and improving the impact of the CTSA Program and improve public health.


The purpose of this metric is to improve the interoperability of data within multiple systems by making the data adhere to the FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) data principles to ultimately enable rich machine readable data.

Careers in Clinical & Translational Research

The purpose of this metric is to measure and develop strategic management plans to enhance the extent to which CTSA Program hubs and the consortium as a whole are training and supporting scientists to remain engaged in clinical and translational research into the future.

IRB Duration

The purpose of this metric is to measure IRB duration and develop strategic management plans, including collaborations, to shorten the time it takes to receive IRB approval. Long IRB review duration can delay study start, prolonging the time until benefits of clinical and translational science findings can be realized.

Pilot Funding and Publications

The purpose of this metric is to measure and develop strategic management plans to ensure that important findings from research studies supported by the CTSA Pilot Programs are being disseminated in the scientific literature.

Collaborative efforts involving key stakeholders from the Wright Center Evaluation Core, Informatics Core, VCU IRB, and the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation.

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