Implementation Planning for New RPPR Standard Form
March 31, 2011 § 4 Comments
On January 5th 2011, the National Science Foundation (NSF) hosted a meeting with research agencies and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to discuss the Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) implementation. The meeting provided participants with historical context and background of the RPPR; information around the process for clearance of agency implementation packages; answers to specific questions; and a plan for developing a government-wide RPPR data dictionary.
The RPPR policy letter was signed on April 21, 2010. Each agency was required to post an implementation plan by January 21, 2011, that addresses the agency’s plan to use the paper or electronic format and the agency’s anticipated implementation date. Currently, 11 agencies have posted implementation plans to the RPPR Website.
To support the RPPR initiative, the Grants Management Line of Business (GMLOB) Program Management Office (PMO) plans to engage all stakeholders in a collective effort to develop a government-wide RPPR Data Dictionary. This is the first time that agencies will proactively collaborate on how to consistently implement a standard post-award form. Leveraging NSF’s RPPR draft data dictionary as a starting point, GMLOB has sent a draft data dictionary to agency representatives for initial comment. Once comments are collected and analyzed, GMLOB will design and facilitate a cross-agency vetting session to make specific data element decisions and finalize the dictionary.
A government-wide RPPR data dictionary benefits the agencies and their grantees by ensuring consistent RPPR implementation across the government. The data dictionary will improve data integrity and consistency and foster agency cross-collaboration and information sharing, which will also benefit agencies and grantees.