The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) hosted the Data Coordinating Centers’ Best Practices Working Group May 24-25, 2011.  The goal was to identify and create a compendium of best practices for Data Coordinating Centers (DCC) that support large clinical trial programs such as Networks or multicenter clinical studies.

The compendium will serve as a resource to NHLBI Program Staff for crafting application and review criteria for RFAs/RFPs and when evaluating DCCs as part of a large clinical trial program. The DCC is often the nucleus for the success of a large clinical research program, and it brings expertise in clinical trial design and conduct needed to complement the clinical investigators’ content expertise, and structure and quality standards to the design and conduct of a trial.

A Data Coordinating Centers’ Best Practices executive summary is available on the NHLBI website.