Organization and Management
  • What was the project's management structure, especially with regard to database interfacing? Was there a lead entity?

  • Did the study's organizational structure support or impede database interfacing?

  • What arrangements were made among the participants with regard to database interfacing? Were these formal or informal?

  • What was the decision-making process, again especially with regard to database interfacing?

  • What kinds of arrangements were made for acquiring data from other organizations?

  • Was adequate funding available and committed for the duration of the study?

  • Was there a long-term commitment to database updating and other maintenance?

  • Who can access the data now and are there any restrictions on this

  • What agency, if any, was given responsibility for long-term management and maintenance of the data?

Data Integration
  • Did all participants agree with the need for data integration?

  • What mechanisms were established for cooperation and data integration? Were any of these novel?

  • Were potential conflicts and disagreements clearly identified and negotiated at the beginning of the study?

  • Did agency missions, mandates, and policies restrict participation or otherwise impede database interfacing?

  • Did existing data management practices impede data integration?

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