• transferring program-generated information to relevant employers and employees beyond the investigated workplaces;

  • NIOSH research and policy-development programs; and

  • the activities of regulatory agencies, occupational safety and health professionals and organizations, state and local health agencies, and others in the occupational health community, as achieved by transferring program-generated hazard and prevention information.

  1. The relevance of the program in addressing current and emerging workplace health hazards.

    The evaluation committee will provide quantitative assessments in the form of integer scores (on a scale of 1-5) for both the relevance and impact of the program in addressing workplace health hazards, to be accompanied by qualitative assessments of all the categories above. The committee will develop its own methodology for the evaluation, guided by the methodology and framework developed by the Committee to Review NIOSH Research Programs where appropriate.

The HHE Program does not conduct traditional research as do other NIOSH programs. It is mandated to respond to requests for assistance to identify specific workplace conditions that pose health hazards to workers (NIOSH, 2007b). The charge to this committee was therefore modified from that given for other evaluations in this series.

Definitions of Impact and Relevance

In developing its evaluation methodology, the committee carefully studied the charge and determined definitions for impact and relevance. For this evaluation, impact is defined more broadly than for the evaluations of other NIOSH programs. This committee is asked to determine whether the HHE Program contributes to occupational health in the workplace, as well as whether the program positively affects policy, other research programs, and the health and safety community in general. The charge to the committee specifically includes transfer of information as part of impact, although the methodology and evaluation framework (hereafter called the Framework Document) developed by the Committee to Review NIOSH Research Programs (hereafter called the Framework Committee) tends to include transfer in its definition of relevance. The committee considers transfer activities important for both relevance (Is the program doing the right things?) and impact (Is what the program is doing effective?).

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