SSC science support center
Providing Methodologic, Logistical, and Editorial Support to the Health Science Enterprise

The Science Support Center (SSC) provides methodological and technical guidance to institutions, government and otherwise, engaged in health science research. With a special emphasis on comparative effectiveness and systematic review, the SSC offers a range of services to sponsors of health science in the public interest.

Services include support in the development of methodological guidance as well as procedural and reporting guidance and templates, the development of web sites and web-based data visualization, and technical editing services. Particular emphasis is placed on editorial management of peer and public review.

SSC clients include the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality's (AHRQ) Evidence-based Practice Center Program (EPC), the Portland VA's Evidence-based Synthesis Program (ESP), and the Health Experiences Research Network (HERN).

Peer and Public Review/Editorial Management Services

The Science Support Center is practiced at managing external review processes for projects of various sizes and needs, from small journals to large national groups. The SSC currently coordinates the external review process for PCORI, the EPC Program, and the ESP. Past customers include Medical Decision Making (MDM), the journal of the Society for Medical Decision Making. The Science Support Center provides:

Translational Health Communication, Data Visualization, and Web Development

Translational Health Communication

The SSC is adept at targeting health science information to a broad array of audiences, from patients to clinician researchers, policymakers, and health system leaders. In the past three years, SSC staff have crafted documents for VA executives, through the ESP program; assisted in the development of reporting procedures guidance for the AHRQ EPC program; and provided editorial assistance in the development of online patient-centered medical story-sharing for the HERN.

Data Visualization

As the Scientific Resource Center (SRC) for the AHRQ EPC program, the SSC is leading the way in the development of web-based data visualizations of AHRQ EPC reports, helping the Agency define and implement its data visualization strategies. (Our paper in Research Synthesis Methods can be found here.)

As a subcontractor to the Research Triangle Institute, we also provided data visualization for PCORI's comparison of prostate cancer treatments, using both Tableau and D3 open source technologies.

[Example] Search Results Before and After Publication


Web Development

While many of the SSC's web development projects are proprietary and exist behind password protected security, public sites include the PCORI peer review recruitment portal and the VA ESP compendium of systematic reviews on COVID-19.

For more information, email or call 503-273-5261