What is DIAMOND?

DIAMOND is a collaborative discovery learning space for clinical research professionals (CRPs) and other members of research study teams. Training and assessment items included in the DIAMOND collection are searchable by competency domain and provide information and links to offerings for study teams working in CTSA institutions and their partners. The DIAMOND collection also provides access to a unique ePortfolio program that allows users to showcase their career development progress and encourage workforce development and connection.

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What does ‘Competency-Based’ mean?

Competencies are defined as a specific set of knowledge and skills related to a topic, in this case clinical research. In 2015 the national ECRPTQ project defined a set of skills (or competencies) integral to conducting clinical research with the highest level of scientific integrity. Based on a model by the Joint Task Force for Clinical Research Education (JTF), these competencies were organized into eight domains. Learners who have completed competency-based training can show they have mastered the defined skills needed to complete a specific task.

Competency Domains:

  • Scientific Concepts & Research Design (knowledge of scientific concepts related to the design and analysis of research studies)
  • Ethical & Participant Safety Considerations (care of patients, aspects of human subject protection, and safety in the conduct of a research study)
  • Investigational Products Development & Regulation (knowledge of how drugs, devices, and biologics are developed, tested, and regulated in clinical trials)
  • Clinical Trials Operations (GCP) (GCP compliance, safety management identification and reporting, and handling of investigational products)
  • Study & Site Management (knowledge required at the site level to run a study including site and study operations, but not including GCP)
  • Data Management & Informatics (how data are acquired and managed during a research study including source data, data entry, and quality control)
  • Leadership & Professionalism (principles and practices of leadership and professionalism in research)
  • Communication & Teamwork (communication within the site and between the site and sponsor, CRO, and regulators. Also includes understanding of teamwork and dissemination skills )
  • How do I use the DIAMOND collection?

    You will need to create a bepress account to fully access all features of the site. Instructions can be found under Training Submission Guidelines. Once you log in you can submit links to items you want to share with others, browse or search for items in the collection, or save your search history for later use. To get started, click on the Competency Domain Wheel to browse by competency domain, or click on the SEARCH button on the left side of the page for advanced search options.

    Do I have to create an account to use the DIAMOND Digital Repository?

    You can access the DIAMOND collection without creating an account, however the features you can use will be limited. If you want to save searches or submit items to the DIAMOND collection, you will need to create a bepress account. It’s quick and easy.

    How do I save my searches?

    When you create a bepress account you will be able to save searches and use the Follow feature to stay up to date on content or institutions of interest.

    I want to contribute information to the DIAMOND collection. How can I do that?

    Once you have created a bepress account you will be able to contribute to the DIAMOND collections. Click on Submit Materials and follow the onscreen instructions.

    1. Click the Submit Materials next to the Competency Wheel on the DIAMOND collection home page OR

    2. Click on Submit Materials under the Contributor Information found on the navigation panel on the left side of the page OR

    3. Click on My Account in the top navigation bar.

    What kind of information will I have to provide if I submit a training or assessment offering?

    The DIAMOND collection includes an easy-to-use submission tool. There are a limited number of required fields, as well as additional fields that are optional for you to complete. Remember that the more information you provide, the easier it will be for users to find your training or assessment offerings.

    The following items are required for submissions:

    • The title of the submission
    • A description of the training or assessment items being submitted (up to 250 words)
    • A list of keywords (select all that apply from a list)
    • Confirmation that the item is publicly available (yes or no)
    • Confirmation of any cost associated with the item (yes or no)
    • The delivery method of the training item (in-person, online, combination of online and in-person, or other)
    • Target learners (select all that apply: PIs, CRPs, MDs, graduate or professional degree students, post-doctoral scholars, community partners, or other)
    • Learning level (fundamental, skilled, advanced)
    • Is there an associated assessment (yes or no)

    What is the DIAMOND ePortfolio?

    Clinical research professionals (CRPs) often lack guidance in professional development planning. The DIAMOND ePortfolio offers a space for CRPs to demonstrate and document their current knowledge, skills and abilities. It can also be a space to help identify areas for professional development or highlight specific skills and abilities.