BOX 4-1

Five-Point Scales Used for the Rating of Relevance and Impact as Defined by the Framework Committee

Rating of Relevance

5 =

Research is in highest-priority subject areas and highly relevant to improvements in workplace protection; research results in, and NIOSH is engaged in, transfer activities at a significant level (highest rating).

4 =

Research is in high-priority subject area and adequately connected to improvements in workplace protection; research results in, and NIOSH is engaged in, transfer activities.

3 =

Research focuses on lesser priorities and is loosely or only indirectly connected to workplace protection; NIOSH is not significantly involved in transfer activities.

2 =

Research program is not well integrated or well focused on priorities and is not clearly connected to workplace protection and inadequately connected to transfer activities.

1 =

Research in the research program is an ad hoc collection of projects, is not integrated into a program, and is not likely to improve workplace safety or health.

Rating of Impact

5 =

Research program has made a major contribution to worker health and safety on the basis of end outcomes or well-accepted intermediate outcomes.

4 =

Research program has made a moderate contribution on the basis of end outcomes or well-accepted intermediate outcomes; research program generated important new knowledge and is engaged in transfer activities, but well-accepted intermediate outcomes or end outcomes have not been documented.

3 =

Research program activities or outputs are going on and are likely to produce improvements in worker health and safety (with explanation of why not rated higher).

2 =

Research program activities or outputs are going on and may result in new knowledge or technology, but only limited application is expected.

1 =

Research activities and outputs are NOT likely to have any application.

NA =

Impact cannot be assessed; program is not mature enough.

The committee recognizes that the Mining Program mission cannot be accomplished “through a focused program of research and prevention” alone. Workplace improvements require, among other things, implementation of research results into practice. The Mining Program is unable to force change because it cannot require or enforce implementation of its recommendations. The Mining Program does have



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