Improving scientific methods is a central piece of the PCORI Methodology Committee’s charge and mission, and developing standards is a key component of this work. Standards help ensure research produces more valid, trustworthy, and useful information by providing specific guidance for the design and conduct of individual projects.
To date, the Committee has created or endorsed Methodology Standards that provide guidance in 11 topic areas, for a total of 47 standards:
- Standards for Formulating Research Questions
- Standards Associated with Patient-Centeredness
- Standards for Data Integrity and Rigorous Analyses
- Standards for Preventing and Handling Missing Data
- Standards for Heterogeneity of Treatment Effects
- Standards for Data Registries
- Standards for Data Networks as Research-Facilitating Structures
- Standards for Causal Inference Methods
- Standards for Adaptive and Bayesian Trial Designs
- Standards for Studies of Diagnostic Tests
- Standards for Systematic Reviews
The process of developing this initial slate of standards involved extensive interaction with the PCORI community (see the Methodology Standards and Methodology Report for a full description of the standards and standards’ creation process). Moving forward, the Committee seeks input from the public in considering topics of interest for the development of new standards. Additionally, in an effort to collaborate and work effectively with our community, the Methodology Committee is also interested in identifying opportunities to endorse rigorous standards or guidance produced by other entities.
Per the requirements of the PCORI authorizing legislation, all draft standards proposed by the Methodology Committee will be posted publicly for comment for a period of 45- 60 days. Following the public comment period, comments will be reviewed and addressed before the final standards are submitted to the Board for endorsement.
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Posted: March 27, 2014; Updated: July 15, 2014