National Fetal, Infant and Child Death Review Center

HRSA-15-069 National Fetal, Infant and Child Death Review Center Program funding opportunity

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. The current National Fetal and Infant Mortality Review (FIMR) resource center is building a web-based reporting system and expects to launch it in the spring. This system was built using a consensus model involving a number of FIMR states. Is it HRSA’s expectation that this module could be the basis of the FIMR minimum data set?
    ANSWER: The applicant should describe and justify in their application their process for achieving the activities described in the FOA. For example, in Section IV, Objective 1(b) on page 15 describes the expected web-based Case Reporting System:
    • Develop consensus among key FIMR stakeholders on a minimal dataset for FIMR programs and develop a secure web-based CRS for FIMR programs that builds on the existing infrastructure, data elements and capabilities of the CDR CRS with additional capabilities prioritized based on a Needs Assessment of the FIMR programs. The CRS should support the ability to collect, store, and retrieve data for program reporting, ongoing evaluation, and ongoing quality improvement data entry and the ability of local and state teams to download their own data and run standardized data reports. The CRS for FIMR programs will include the ability to enter the maternal interview questions and generate standardized reports for case review teams and reporting to states.

Reviewers will use the criteria in Section V on Page 28 (Workplan, #3) in evaluating this objective: “The extent to which the applicant demonstrates coordination and consensus building to support a cohesive system of data collection and training for the two types of review teams.”

  1. The application describes a consensus model for building the FIMR dataset. Could you provide clarification as to what is meant by consensus, in that there are over 100 local and/or state FIMR teams?
    ANSWER: The applicant should be able to justify for the reviewers how they can demonstrate coordination and consensus building as described in the criteria in Section V on Page 28 (Workplan, #3). In Section IV, Objective 1(b) on page 15, it states the applicant should:
    • Develop consensus among key FIMR stakeholders on a minimal dataset for FIMR programs and develop a secure web-based CRS for FIMR programs that builds on the existing infrastructure, data elements and capabilities of the CDR CRS with additional capabilities prioritized based on a Needs Assessment of the FIMR programs.
  1. It is unclear to us if the FOA is requiring that the new FIMR minimum data set be incorporated into the CDR CRS system, such that there is only one system and not two. Can you clarify for us if you expect this integration?
    ANSWER: Section I, page 3 of the FOA states: This award will result in overarching efficiencies in three primary ways: (1) reducing costs by supporting one entity to provide a Death Review Case Registry System that includes both CDR and FIMR, eliminating the need to create and maintain distinct databases.
    Section IV, Objective 1(b), page 15 states: develop a secure web-based CRS for FIMR programs that builds on the existing infrastructure, data elements and capabilities of the CDR CRS with additional capabilities prioritized based on a Needs Assessment of the FIMR programs. The applicant should describe and justify in their application how the CRS for FIMR teams reflects what is in the FOA.
  1. Do you expect that there will be a re-branding and new development of current resource center promotional materials and resource products into an integrated single Center?
    ANSWER: The funding opportunity announcement creates one Center for the National Fetal, Infant and Child Death Review Center Program and the applicant should be responsive to what is outlined in the FOA. Applicants should describe how their vision and plan reflects the objectives and activities outlined in the FOA. Discussions on marketing and branding can also occur with HRSA after the award.
  1. On page 8, it states that HRSA will have uncontested access to any and all data generated under this cooperative agreement. Does this include the case identified data submitted by local and state teams into the CRS? If so, we expect serious barriers to be created and expect that many states will withdraw their permissions to submit data into the CRS if they are informed HRSA can have access to that data. Currently not even the CDR Resource Center can access identifiable data.
    ANSWER: This is standard language HRSA has used in previous FOAs where data are collected and was also in the previous Child Death Review FOA. It does not refer to identifiable data.
  1. Should the work plan be written for year one or for all three years? Page limitations will make this difficult.
    ANSWER: The reviewers need to see how the activities will occur across the three years of the grant and the FOA says that the applicant timeline (attachment 1) should cover three years (Section IV, page 19, under workplan). The workplan could be combined with the timeline if there is a concern about page limits (just indicate this in the application) but reviewers will need to see that the activities outline in the FOA will be addressed during the three years of the award.
  1. Can you explain the expectations for the progress report to be submitted by currently HRSA-funded centers (page 22)? This creates a page limitation problem that other applicants will not experience.
    ANSWER: The applicant should respond to what is described in Section IV, page 22 (Evaluation and Technical Support Capacity-Personnel and Technical Support Capacity Section, #7), and can refer to other sections of the application when responding. A brief response that addresses the components is acceptable.
  1. On page 17, “j” it states to conduct pre-and post-site evaluations of the FIMR and CDR programs provided to understand the impact of the technical support…. We assume this to mean evaluate the training and/or technical support not the actual CDR or FIMR team programs. Is this a correct assumption?
    ANSWER: Yes, this refers to pre- and post-evaluations of training efforts.
  1. What is the role of the FIMR liaison and the Project officer?
    ANSWER: See FOA page 9 for responsibilities of HRSA/ MCHB.
  1. Can you clarify what the $300,000 for FIMR related work can be spent on and does that include database development?
    ANSWER: The $300,000 should be spent on the FIMR-related activities described throughout the FOA, and in particular on pages 15-18. The FOA, page 23, states: $300,000 of the funds allocated to the awardee should be directed towards FIMR-related activities such as providing technical support to States, particularly State Title V agencies, and communities, including Healthy Start sites. Technical support is an example of activities outlined in the FOA.

 

Date Last Reviewed:  April 2017


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