Goals for Staff Biostatisticians

This is for submission to VUMC HR beginning November, 2015.

Goal 1: Practice Reproducible Research

Routinely use and continually improve upon good practices that ensure your work is trustworthy, transparent, and reproducible.

Expectations / rubrics:

  • Goal met at 0%: Some analyses are run using GUI interfaces, scripts and data are saved in haphazard locations, and/or analyses are performed in a manner that is difficult to replicate a year after the analysis was last run.
  • 50%: All analyses are run with a re-executable code and saved in a logical, easy to find structure. Analyses are able to be reliably rerun a year after the analysis was last run.
  • 75%: The majority of major analyses are done within reproducible reports that contain important interpretation and documentation within the report.
  • 100%: All major analyses are done with reproducible reports where the de-identified (free of protected health information) reports and code that generated them are publicly shared.

Goal 2: Create Reusable Code

Write your code to be easily adapted to multiple projects. As appropriate for your work, modularize and functionize to achieve greater long-term efficiency.

Expectations / rubrics:

  • Goal met at 0%: All code is project specific, such that a new project requiring similar tasks receives no benefit from the previous code. Code contains PHI (protected health information).
  • 50%: Code is modularized and somewhat adaptable, but not well functionized so that extensive revisions are required for each project.
  • 75%: Code is often functionized to allow specific tasks to be completed quickly and reliably. Any task that has been encountered at least three times has an attempted functionalized solution.
  • 100%: Code is highly functionized to allow new projects with similar needs to be quickly and reliably completed. Functions are well documented and shared publicly, e.g. via a GitHub repository.
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