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RFI towards a new 5-year strategic plan for NIH

National Institutes of Health

Office of the Director

Bethesda, MD 20892

 

Date: July 21, 2015

 

Dear Colleague,

 

In order to advance the NIH mission, we are developing an NIH-wide Strategic Plan. The goal of this 5-year plan is to outline a vision for biomedical research that ultimately extends healthy life and reduces illness and disability. NIH senior leadership and staff have developed a proposed framework for the Strategic Plan that identifies areas of opportunity across all biomedicine and unifying principles to guide NIH’s support of the biomedical research enterprise. The aim is to pursue crosscutting areas of research that span NIH’s 27 Institutes, Centers, and Offices.

 

I invite you to review the framework in our Request for Information (RFI: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-15-118.html) and on the NIH website (http://www.nih.gov/about/strategic-plan), and to provide your feedback via the RFI submission site (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/rfi/rfi.cfm?ID=46). I encourage stakeholder organizations (e.g., patient advocacy groups, professional societies) to submit a single response reflective of the views of the organization/membership as a whole. We also will be hosting webinars to gather additional input. These webinars will be held in early to mid-August.

 

Your input is vital to ensuring that the NIH Strategic Plan positions biomedical research on a promising and visionary path. I appreciate your time and consideration in assisting us with this effort.

 

Sincerely,

 

Lawrence A. Tabak, D.D.S., Ph.D.

Principal Deputy Director, NIH

New Mobile App Connects HIV Providers, Advocates, and People Living with HIV/AIDS to HIV-Related National Library of Medicine Websites

HealthHIV, in partnership with the National Institutes of Health, National Library of Medicine (NLM), announces the launch of the Go2NLM mobile application. Building on its Navigate to Learn More publication, HealthHIV created the Go2NLM app to provide information about and direct access to NLM’s authoritative HIV-related websites to HIV providers, advocates, and people living with HIV/AIDS.

The websites featured on the Go2NLM app are:

 

The app features dynamic content, including updates about new and highlighted HIV technical assistance and capacity building tools and resources promoted by NLM.

“HealthHIV is pleased to present the Go2NLM app to the HIV community,” says Circe J. Gray Le Compte, HealthHIV’s Communications and Technology Manager. “It offers providers, people living with HIV/AIDS, and advocates immediate mobile access to reliable and comprehensive HIV educational information from the National Library of Medicine’s HIV-related websites.”

The application may be viewed at www.Go2NLM.org, and within the next two weeks will be available for download from HealthHIV.org, as well as the Apple and Google app stores.

For more information about the Go2NLM project, please contact HealthHIV at communications@healthhiv.org or 202.232.6749.

About HealthHIV

HealthHIV is a national non-profit working with organizations, communities, and health care providers to advance effective prevention, care, and support for people living with, or at risk for, HIV and HCV through education and training, technical assistance and capacity building, advocacy, and health services research and evaluation. HealthHIV leads the Pozitively Healthy national HIV consumer coalition, the HealthHCV initiative, and the National Center for Health Care Capacity Building, as well as the National Coalition for LGBT Health.

A Rainbow Connection? The Evaluation Rainbow Framework

[Guest post by Karen Vargas]

Once you start looking online for help with your evaluation project, you will find a veritable storm of evaluation resources out there. So many that it can be confusing how choose the best ones for your needs.  But don’t worry, once you’ve looked at this online tool you will find the rainbow of hope that follows the storm (okay that was pretty cheesy – stay with me, it gets better).

A group of evaluators from all over the world created a website called BetterEvaluation.org for the purpose of organizing and sharing useful online evaluation resources. The framework they created to organize resources is called the Rainbow Framework because it divides the world of evaluation into seven different “clusters” which are delineated by rainbow colors.  Each cluster is then broken down into a number of tasks, and each task broken down into options and resources.

Here is an example of the Rainbow Framework in action.  By clicking on the yellow “Describe” category, the image opens a window on the right that lists seven tasks: 1) Sample; 2) Use measures, indicators, or metrics; 3) Collect and/or retrieve data; 4) Manage data; 5) Combine qualitative and quantitative data; 6) Analyze data; and 7) Visualize data.

BetterEvaluation made eight 20 minute “coffee break” webinars in conjunction with AEA that you can watch for free on the BetterEvaluation website. Each webinar describes a cluster, and there is one overview webinar.  The webinars are two years old, so the actual image of the rainbow looks a little different from the webinar video, but the content is still relevant.  Here is a link to the webinar series: http://betterevaluation.org/events/coffee_break_webinars_2013

The Rainbow Framework does more than just organize resources. Here are some reasons you might want to use this Framework.

1) Help designing and planning an evaluation

2) Check the quality of an ongoing evaluation

3) Commission an evaluation – will help formulate what’s important to include when you commission an evaluator and then when you assess the quality of the proposals

4) Embed stakeholder participation thoughtfully throughout the evaluation

5) Develop your evaluation capacity – lifelong learning – to fill in gaps of knowledge.

So, somewhere over the rainbow, your evaluation skies may be blue…

Launch of the redesigned e-Science Portal

Dear Colleagues,

I’m pleased to announce the launch of the redesigned e-Science Portal for New England Librarians!  Over the past year, the portal team and Editorial Board has conducted multiple rounds of user studies—online and in person, to assess how users were finding (or not finding) information in their searches, the navigability of the site, and the discoverability of key resources on the portal. A huge thank you to the librarians and library students who participated in the user testing— their responses and feedback have greatly informed this redesign.

Along with a new look,  the e-Science Portal 2.0 features:

  • A “Getting started with e-Science” quick guide
  • Events calendar and Twitter feed on homepage
  • Links to recent e-Science Community blog posts
  • Prominent hyperlinks to e-Science Partner Projects (New England e-Science Symposium, Science Boot Camp, New England Collaborative Data Management Curriculum (NECDMC), Journal of eScience Librarianship)
  • Reorganized content headings (e.g. About, Connect with Others, Data Management, and Research Environment sections)
  • Links to data tools—posted on a delegated “Data Tools” page as well as in relevant pages such as data curation
  • Editor’s  photo, bio, and contact form on portal pages—making it easier for you to contact the Editors directly

For further details about the portal redesign and the people behind it, check out today’s e-Science Community blog post “Portal 2.0 is here” by Jen Ferguson, co-chair of the e-Science Portal Editorial Board.

Please check out the portal and let us know what you think! There are many ways to make contact with the people behind the portal: on Twitter @nerescience, contact a portal editor, comment on the e-Science Community blog, or just drop me a line!

Sincerely,

Donna Kafel

Donna Kafel, RN, MLIS
e-Science Program Coordinator
Lamar Soutter Library
University of Massachusetts Medical School

the e-Science portal for New England Librarians

http://esciencelibrary.umassmed.edu

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