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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 data set is closed while we launch the 2021 NPRP Assessment. We will re-open the process to request NPRP data for scholarly purposes in 2022 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 EMS for Children (EMSC) Data Coordinating Center (DCC).

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Step 1

After identifying a research question, the Investigator reviews the published papers associated with the Pediatric Readiness Project, the summary statistics, the data dictionary, and a PDF Version of the 2013-14 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). This form helps the Investigator consider the different aspects for the research.


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The Investigator submits the completed MARF to the Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Data Coordinating Center (DCC) for internal review. To submit, email the completed Manuscript Analysis Request Form to EMSC DCC. In the subject line put MARF NPRP. For questions regarding the Manuscript Analysis Request Form, contact the NEDARC Principal Investigator.


Submit Completed MARF


step 4

The EMSC DCC 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 EMSC DCC 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 EMSC DCC 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 EMSC DCC accepts the Investigator’s Manuscript Analysis Request Form, a meeting or telephone call is scheduled between the Investigator and the EMSC DCC Team and Statistician. The EMSC DCC 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 EMSC DCC Statistician following the Manuscript Analysis Plan (see EMSC DCC 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.


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EMSC DCC Statistician Analyses Process

  1. EMSC DCC Statistician conducts analyses
  2. Results discussion between EMSC DCC Statistician and Investigator
  3. Finalize timeline, authorship, and journal selection for manuscript. The EMSC DCC 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 EMSC DCC 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 recieves an encrypted password-protected dataset
  4. Results discussion between EMSC DCC Statistician and Investigator
  5. Finalize timeline, authorship, and journal selection for manuscript. The EMSC DCC 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 NEDARC. 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 EMSC DCC. The EMSC DCC will provide the dataset and data dictionary. The recipient investigator will be responsible for maintaining confidentiatlity of the dataset and the analysis.



rev. 10-Feb-2021




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