The mission of the ISMMS CTSA, ConduITS, is to streamline and centralize the infrastructure needed to accelerate translational research across an ever expanding research enterprise; foster team science responsive to emerging theories, technologies, and data science challenges; innovate processes to increase the quality and efficiency of translational research; develop informatics tools and solutions to accelerate the full translational continuum; and develop innovative educational programs training the workforce needed to respond to the challenges of 21st Century translational science.

In order to maximize the CTSA Program consortium’s impact, NCATS has implemented the Common Metrics Initiative (CMI). The CMI is based on the principles of the Results-Based Accountability (RBA) framework and is a collaborative process with the CTSA Program hubs used to develop, implement and report on specific metrics that are common across the consortium. The vision for NCATS’ CMI is to use specific, common metrics to demonstrate and improve the impact of the CTSA Program. The CMI uses this set of metrics to help focus network and hub activities on making significant, measurable improvements in translational science and research, and workforce development.

The Evaluation and Continuous Improvement (ECI) core at Mount Sinai, led by Brian Nickerson, PhD and Layla Fattah, MEd, was implemented to create an overall strategy for evaluation across the ConduITS cores. The ECI team engages with a mix of stakeholders to advance the development and implementation of innovative solutions to meet the strategic goals of our CTSA grant. Pursuant to this role, the ECI team collaborates with ConduITS leaders by utilizing evaluation activities and methods that range from fundamental assessment techniques to emerging cutting-edge methods and metrics. As internal evaluators, the team works across the Cores to develop relevant and useful metrics for examining innovation impact and continuous improvement activities. In addition, the ECI is uniquely situated to interpret and connect the national CTSA common metrics locally in efforts towards improvement and innovation.

ConduITS is supported by NCATS of the NIH’s CTSA Program. Any use of CTSA-supported resources requires citation of grant number UL1TR001433 awarded to ISMMS in the acknowledgment section of every publication resulting from this support. Adherence to the NIH Public Access Policy is also required.