Logistics and Protocol

Logistics of Working with the Data Analytic Core

Project Review Committee

The Project Review Committee is responsible for ensuring that proposed research projects meet the criteria of alignment with TDI’s mission and goals determining if a proposed research projects meets the criteria for feasibility and scope alignment to the proposed budget.  The Project Review Committee Co-Chairs, Jon Skinner and Julie Bynum, will manage and communicate discrepancies. The DAC Associate Director, Stephanie Tomlin, will communicate final decisions to the faculty.

Step 1:  Fill out the Project Review Committee Application

It is important that you are engaged with a faculty mentor because healthcare claims analytics and their associated methodologies are complex. The faculty mentor should be able to provide the support needed to adequately detail, scope and budget the project. In addition, meeting with the DAC Associate Director to ensure adequate analytic FTE time is budgeted will help improve the likelihood of Project Review Committee approval.

Step 2: Submit the Project Review Committee Application to the DAC

Project Review Applications are submitted to the DAC and managed by the Data Acquisitions Administrator in a tracking system. Applications are distributed bi-weekly on Wednesdays to the committee and reviewed within 1 week. The DAC Associate Director will provide a decision response via email to faculty by the end of that week.

Obtain Institutional Review Board (IRB) Approval

Work with The Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects (CPHS), the Institutional Review Board (IRB) at Dartmouth College, once your grant has been funded.

Complete the CMS Data Use Agreement (DUA)

Please contact the DAC Data Acquisitions Administrator, who specializes in facilitating this important relationship between an investigator and CMS or other data sources.

Submit Analytic Memorandum to the DAC Analyst

This document defines what is expected from the DAC analytic team and detailed research methodology, while providing investigators a venue to keep track of the many decisions and analytic refinements that typically arise during a project.

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