Pilot Study to Assess Impact of Injury Control Research Centers’ (ICRCs) Research Activities from 2012–2019

Since 2012, the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC) has funded Injury Control Research Centers (ICRCs) to conduct research on injury and violence prevention and collaborate with community partners to translate research findings into action. In order to advance the field of injury and violence prevention, the ICRCs focus on three core areas of expertise:

  • Research on the causes, outcomes, and prevention of injuries and violence;
  • Outreach to states and communities to translate research into action; and
  • Training future researchers and public health professionals.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) contracted with NORC at the University of Chicago to conduct a pilot study to assess the local and national impact of core area activities conducted by 10 ICRCs funded from 2012 to 2020.

NORC analyzed approximately 100 ICRC progress reports, categorized and catalogued ICRC accomplishments, and entered accomplishments into a single database. Additionally, the team extracted and catalogued publications that resulted from CDC’s ICRC funding to further document the impact of ICRCs on the larger research field. The project will culminate in an impact report enumerating and synthesizing these accomplishments related to the three core functions: research, outreach, and training.

Ultimately, this study aims to document the 10 ICRCs’ accomplishments and further demonstrate the value of the CDC’s injury and violence prevention work.

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