Performance Improvement 2013-2014. How Can the National Institutes of Health Improve its Policy Development and Issuance?


This evaluation sought to identify opportunities to streamline National Institutes of Health (NIH) policymaking processes, assess alternative models for storing and disseminating NIH-wide policy, and develop consensus-based recommendations to NIH leadership for sustainable policymaking improvements.

During the first phase of the evaluation, policymaking process and technology data from similar organizations were collected to help identify leading practices and areas of opportunity for NIH. The second phase involved developing an inventory of NIH-wide policies issued outside of the traditional mechanism (using non-traditional methods such as email), which provided insights into the challenges and opportunities associated with the current NIH policy framework, and demonstrated the need for changes with support from stakeholders. The third phase focused on gathering input from a broad range of stakeholders to highlight perceived organizational issues and inform the redesign of the NIH policy management framework. The overall results will be used to identify policymaking process improvements and technology alternatives, and to support an executive advisory committee in generating consensus-based recommendations.

Report Title: The State of Policymaking at NIH: A Process Evaluation
Agency Sponsor: NIH, National Institutes of Health
Federal Contact: Rosanna Ng, 301-496-5367
Performer: PriceWaterhouseCoopers
Record ID: 9929 (September 13, 2013)

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