OSPAC provides communications, data analysis, and science policy and planning across the NICHD. Working with the other components of the Office of the Director and with extramural and intramural scientists, OSPAC staff ensure that information is communicated accurately and appropriately to any audience, including other government agencies, professional societies, the news media, policy makers, and the public. OSPAC develops and maintains web and social media content, as well as print and online publications, and disseminates public health information. OSPAC prepares a large number of reports on NICHD’s activities and their impact on science and public health, providing information to requesters within the NIH, DHHS, Congress, the White House, and other federal agencies. The Office develops, maintains, and rigorously analyzes detailed data on NICHD’s programs and their impact. OSPAC has developed an extensive database describing the scientific foci of NICHD research grants and projects—past and present—to support reporting and data analysis. In addition, OSPAC develops and analyzes data on NICHD-supported research literature, program funding and activities, and scientific and policy outcomes to assess the operations and outcomes of NICHD programs. OSPAC also coordinates science planning and policy activities across the NICHD, including operational and strategic planning, at the Institute level and for interdisciplinary scientific topics that cut across organizational boundaries.
OSPAC includes the following Branches: