1. Summary of national needs identified by the research programs reviewed.

    1. On the basis of the best available evidence, place those needs in the context of the overall estimated potential work-related disease and injury burden.

    2. Discuss the choices made and alternatives that might be the focus of current or future attention.

    3. Comment on programs not selected by NIOSH for evaluation by the National Academies.

  1. Assessment of how well the program goals.

    1. Were matched to the research program needs.

    2. Were adjusted to new information and inputs as the field of interest changed or program results became available.

  1. Assessment of NIOSH overall performance in the research programs reviewed.

    1. Distribution of available inputs.

    2. Activities and outputs.

    3. Intermediate outcomes.

    4. Summary assessment of significant differences among the programs

    5. International impact.

    6. Leveraging of the NIOSH research activity with respect to other public and private research programs.

    7. Assessment of relative importance of external factors in permitting or preventing intermediate or end outcomes; attention paid to accounting for and planning within the constraints of external factors (not simply assigning lack of progress to external factors).

  1. Overall assessment of NIOSH impact on progress in reducing occupational injury and illness.

    1. Breakthrough knowledge.

    2. International impact.

    3. Addressing disparities.

    4. Targeting residual risks and intractable risks.

    5. Coordinating NIOSH research activity with respect to other public and private research programs.

    6. Impact on occupational safety and health.

  1. Summary, Conclusions, and Recommendations.

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