To achieve our vision PRIM&R has established three strategic priorities for impact and one strategic operational priority. The four strategic priorities are framed in terms of outcomes or end states that PRIM&R hopes to achieve over the next five years. Each priority includes a set of goals that PRIM&R will pursue to reach each of these outcomes.
The goals established take into consideration a set of cross-cutting themes. An implementation workplan specifies the activities, timelines, and measures of success that PRIM&R will undertake to reach those goals and hence achieve these outcomes.
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I. Leading provider of high quality, relevant, and innovative educationII. Developer of knowledge, resources, and services that fill gaps and address barriers III. Thought leader and influential change agent IV. Strong, nimble, and sustainable organization
Rationale: Education has always been at the very core of what PRIM&R does, an endeavor for which we have long been recognized for excellence. As we envision a future in which there is ongoing improvement in the caliber of research, and where those involved in research have a greater understanding of the ethical issues involved, increased flexibility in identifying and adapting to changes in research methods and societal expectations, and enhanced capacity to apply best practices in their daily work, PRIM&R’s role in disseminating knowledge will be of even higher importance. To meet the evolving needs of the field, we intend to build from our strengths and provide to our constituents timely, responsive educational programming that incorporates best practices around adult learning and utilizes cutting edge technologies.
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Rationale: PRIM&R recognizes that research and ethical oversight continues to evolve. Barriers, such as a complex and slow-to-change regulatory structure, an emphasis on compliance at the expense of ethical principles, and a lack of time and resources dedicated to incorporating best practices, stand in the way of advancing good, ethical research. Moreover, we understand that stakeholders in the research enterprise benefit from sharing knowledge, learning about best practices, and engaging with the challenging ethical issues that arise in our field. PRIM&R intends to identify these barriers and knowledge gaps, and, collaborating with relevant partners to address these barriers, develop projects and produce products (e.g., white papers, toolkits) that help to create new knowledge and thereby support the field’s needs.
Rationale: With our depth of knowledge and expertise in educating oversight committees and others in the research field, the research oversight community already looks to PRIM&R for guidance about public policy issues involving research with human subjects and animals. We recognize that, given our reputation and expertise, we are well positioned to broaden our thought leadership role. To help transform the field and advance better laws, policies, and practices, over the next five years PRIM&R intends to raise our prominence and influence among a variety of stakeholders in the research enterprise, including industry and the public, and use that influence to align common interests in promoting excellent and ethical research.Back to top
Rationale: PRIM&R has been recognized for the strength and capacities of our staff, board, members, and volunteers. To reach our ambitious vision for the future, we understand the need to invest in our own organizational development. Therefore, this priority area is intended to underscore what we need to do as an organization in order to achieve our other priorities. Over the next five years, we intend to promote best practices for human and financial resource development, governance, brand recognition, and adaptive capacity in order to be in the best position possible to sustain current activities and to implement strategic growth.We welcome your questions or comments on our plan, and invite you to share how PRIM&R programming has enabled you to make an impact in your professional life and at your institution.Back to top