Principal Investigators and staff from Data Coordinating Centers (DCC) met May 24-25, 2011 at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to develop this "Compendium of Best Practices for Data Coordinating Centers." (See the Working Group Summary) The Working Group members characterized a successful DCC as being flexible, innovative, able to problem-solve and to effectively collaborate with all of the project?s stakeholders while adhering to best practices.
This Compendium can assist NHLBI staff and others when writing review criteria for Funding Opportunity Announcements for DCCs, when evaluating potential DCCs during pre- or post-award site visits and as a tool to begin discussions among all stakeholders when launching a large clinical trial program. It may also be used as a tool for clinical researchers who need to identify a DCC for an investigator-initiated trial. A tool designed specifically to assess DCC performance post award can be found on the Staff Clinical Research Guide.
There is no priority order for the best practices found here and not all best practices will apply or be desirable for every project. It is recognized that there may be best practices not found here that are needed for a specific type of clinical program or study.
For questions and/or concerns regarding the content of this page, please contact the Clinical Research Policy Manager.
Last Updated October 2011