Project Summary

PCORnet® is a large, nationally representative “network of networks” funded by PCORI to improve the nation’s capacity to efficiently conduct definitive patient-centered health research, particularly patient-centered comparative clinical effectiveness research (CER). PCORI is engaged in ongoing monitoring and evaluation efforts to promote continuous improvement and inform its decision-making with respect to PCORI strategies and investments for PCORnet. One component of these evaluation activities is a commissioned assessment, carried out by NORC at the University of Chicago, to assess user experience during Phase 3 of PCORnet. 

In alignment with PCORI’s Board-approved strategies to Leverage PCORnet® to Advance PCORI’s National Priorities for Health and Evaluate PCORnet Performance, the objectives of the assessment are to:

  1. Assess experiences of PCORnet users (i.e., investigators using PCORnet, Front Door users and research funding organizations supporting research that uses PCORnet).
  2. Assess experiences of PCORnet® Network Partners (i.e., patient partners involved in governance and research that uses PCORnet, Coordinating Center, Clinical Research Network (CRN) leads and key staff and CRN site principal investigators).
  3. Understand awareness and perception of PCORnet among potential users (e.g., PCORI applicants and awardees who have not used PCORnet resources).  
  4. Hold a virtual, public convening to share findings from the assessment and discuss future opportunities for PCORnet.

Methods Used

To meet these objectives, NORC is conducting qualitative and mixed-methods data collection (i.e., interviews and questionnaires) and a virtual convening.

Final Report

This report summarizes NORC’s findings about the user experience during Phase 3 of PCORnet. Feedback from this assessment suggests that PCORnet is a unique resource for investigators and that assessment participants’ experiences with PCORnet were generally positive with some challenges noted. Assessment participants highlighted valuable aspects of and opportunities to strengthen PCORnet.

PCORnet Stakeholder Convening -- July 26, 2023

On July 26, 2023, NORC at the University of Chicago, in collaboration with PCORI, hosted a half-day, virtual convening to capture input from the PCORnet research community with respect to 1) PCORnet performance and 2) opportunities to advance PCORnet in service of advancing PCORI's National Priorities for Health. The convening included rich discussions with a robust and diverse 11-person panel that had representation across various stakeholder groups and included over 60 attendees.

Meeting Materials: Agenda | Panelist Background Information | Presentation Slides | Watch the Recording

Project Information

NORC at the University of Chicago

Key Dates

December 2023


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Last updated: April 16, 2024