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Pediatric Readiness Research Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in using the National Pediatric Readiness Project (NPRP) data for your research. At this time, access to the dataset is closed while we finalize the 2021 NPRP Assessment. We will re-open the process to request NPRP data for scholarly purposes in 2022/2023 after the assessment and initial data analysis has been completed. Please return to this page for more information in 2022, or reach out to pedsready@hsc.utah.edu for any questions at this time.

Research Opportunities


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This image and the summary below outline the steps and forms to submit a research question/hypothesis to the HHS HRSA EMSC Data Center (EDC).


Step 1

After identifying a research question, the Investigator reviews the published papers associated with the Pediatric Readiness Project, the 2021 summary statistics (Coming Soon!), the data dictionary, and a PDF Version of the 2021 Pediatric Readiness Assessment.

The reason for the review is to assess if the research question can be answered with the available variables and to ensure that the question has not already been investigated.


step 2 The next step involves the Investigator developing a specific research question or hypothesis.


step 3 Using the research question or hypothesis, the Investigator completes the Manuscript Analysis Request Form (MARF) and the 2021 NPRP Data Dictionary for Researchers. The former helps the Investigator consider the different aspects for the research and the latter allows the researcher to mark the variables needed to assist with a hypothesis or research question.


The Investigator submits the completed MARF and the Data Dictionary for Researchers to the HHS HRSA EMSC Data Center (EDC) for internal review. At this time we cannot release 2021 NPRP data until we finalize the analysis and publication of the 2021 data. However, we encourage researchers to begin the process now. To submit, email the completed Manuscript Analysis Request Form to EDC. In the subject line put MARF NPRP. For questions regarding the Manuscript Analysis Request Form, contact the EDC Principal Investigator.


Submit Completed MARF


step 4

The EDC Team reviews the Manuscript Analysis Request Form. The review process generally takes 2 weeks. There are three possible review outcomes

  1. Accepted
  2. Comments and Resubmit
  3. Not Accepted


Step 5

If the Manuscript Analysis Request Form is accepted, the Investigator continues with the process. At this point, an EDC Statistician will be assigned to the project at no cost to the Investigator.

The Manuscript Analysis Request Form can be resubmitted if it is sent back to the Investigator with comments and the Investigator wishes to revisit and modify the research question. There may be times when the EDC Team feels that the research question/hypothesis is not suitable or needed at that time and the request will not be accepted. The Investigator will not be asked to resubmit a Manuscript Analysis Request Form.


step 6 Once the EDC accepts the Investigator’s Manuscript Analysis Request Form, a meeting or telephone call is scheduled between the Investigator and the EDC Team and Statistician. The EDC Statistician completes a Manuscript Analysis Plan (MAP) based on the discussions. The Manuscript Analysis Plan is a more detailed version of the Manuscript Analysis Request Form with the variables and analyses specified.

The Investigator reviews and approves the Manuscript Analysis Plan. In most cases the analyses are conducted by the EDC Statistician following the Manuscript Analysis Plan (see EDC Statistician Analyses Process below).

In very limited cases, an encrypted password-protected dataset may be sent to the Investigator (see Investigator Analyses Process below), after a Data Use Agreement (DUA) is approved by the Investigator's institution and the University of Utah. The Investigator will conduct the analysis.


EDC Statistician Analyses Process

  1. EDC Statistician conducts analyses
  2. Results discussion between EDC Statistician and Investigator
  3. Finalize timeline, authorship, and journal selection for manuscript. The EDC generally follows the JAMA authorship criteria and contributions guidelines for deciding authorship and order.


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Investigator Analyses Process

  1. Final approval from the IRB at the Investigator's institution is received by EDC Team
  2. Investigator and University of Utah institutions complete a Data Use Agreement (DUA)* -- this step can take 6 weeks to 2 months
  3. When approved, the Investigator receives an encrypted password-protected dataset
  4. Results discussion between EDC Statistician and Investigator
  5. Finalize timeline, authorship, and journal selection for manuscript. The EDC generally follows the JAMA authorship criteria and contributions guidelines for deciding authorship and order.

*For most projects, the data analysis will be conducted by a statistician at the EDC. However, there may be times when the investigator conducts the analysis. In this case a DUA is needed before an encrypted password-protected dataset is sent to the investigator. The dataset provided through a DUA requires approval by recipient investigators’ IRB or demonstration of exemption from the need for IRB approval by institutional policy. Dataset creation and distribution for the DUA will be performed by the EDC. The EDC will provide the dataset and data dictionary. The recipient investigator will be responsible for maintaining confidentiality of the dataset and the analysis.



rev. 16-Nov-2022




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