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Top Clinical Research Metrics for 5 Critical Questions

November 16, 2021

 

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Top Clinical Research Metrics for 5 Critical Questions

There are many benefits to operational performance metrics. Tracking your research program’s operational performance allows you to:

The following are metrics to answer five critical questions:

1 ) Which of my studies are failing to achieve enrollment targets?

Why is this critical? If you aren’t enrolling participants, you’re losing money, wasting valuable staff time, and increasing staff turnover. How can metrics help? Performance metrics allow you to monitor accrual, course correct to avoid a major loss, and assess enrollment feasibility.

The top metrics to help answer this question are:

2) Which studies are currently in the process of study startup and how are they progressing towards activation?

Why is this critical? Delays in study activation leads to gaps in trial processes, lost revenue, and fewer studies from sponsors. How can metrics help? Performance metrics allows you to:

The top metrics to help answer this question are:

3) Am I getting a representative sampling of my catchment area?

Why is this critical? Research organizations are responsible (and required) to have a representative sampling of trial participants by location, gender, race, and ethnic status. How can metrics help? Performance metrics confirms the research conducted is diverse, effectively serves your community, and helps fulfill National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant funding reporting requirements.

The top metrics to help answer this question are:

4) How much staff time (effort) is going into activating a new study?

Why is this critical? Too often, sites are not reimbursed for all study-related time and effort, incur non-refunded costs for pre-screening and oversight, ultimately losing valuable time and money. How can metrics help? Effort tracking makes sure you’re reimbursed for all study-related efforts, can objectively negotiate study budgets, and effectively allocate resources for future studies.

The top metrics to help answer this question are:

5) How has accrual within a specific department performed over time?

Why is this critical? At the leadership level, you need to manage the performance of different departments, oversee progress towards organizational goals, and ensure departments are equipped for unique needs. How can metrics help? Performance metrics allow you to compare performance between groups, see how the research portfolio has grown over grant periods and confirm grant funding is used effectively.

The top metrics to help answer this question are:

Building an effective analytics strategy at your research organization leads to strong impacts in your research operations, improving overall trial performance. However, it’s critical to take the necessary steps to set up your strategy for success and avoid common hurdles.

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