Take Part: Regional Site Empowerment Meet-Ups are Changing Industry Relationships

April Schultz
June 16th, 2016

Site empowerment” is a term with a lot of potential. At its core, the term describes a site that actively and proactively takes control of its relationship with sponsors. The vision of site empowerment is to help sites end the typical one-sided site-sponsor dynamic and institute beneficial relationships built on mutual respect. This vision has the potential to improve processes in clinical trials and give sites the power to make productive change.

The Regional Site Empowerment Meet-Ups consist of monthly online discussions facilitated by designated leaders from four US regions. They are a free resource for all clinical research professionals and are intended to promote industry improvements through collaboration and communication. Those interested are encouraged to join the group associated with their geographic region.

Through the collaborative efforts of Beth Harper, President of Clinical Performance Partners, and the Forte team, the Site Empowerment Series began and has continued to evolve into a larger industry movement. The most recent additions to this movement are the Regional Site Empowerment Meet-Ups.

During a recent Forte webinar, Beth facilitated a panel discussion, titled, “Regional Site Empowerment Meet-Ups: Initiating Conversation and Improving Site-Sponsor Relationships,” to discuss the value and process of these meet-ups and explain how you can become involved in the growing Site Empowerment initiative.

Meet the Regional Leaders

Following the webinar, we received many requests for more information on the Regional Meet-Up groups. Below we highlight Regional Leaders who participated in this discussion, how they’re involved in the Regional Site Empowerment Meet-Ups and why they think you should take part and help strengthen the site empowerment conversation.

Are you interested in participating in a meet-up group? Fill out the form at the bottom of this page to get more information. 


Ray Skeps

Clinical Research Protocol Review System Manager,
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center


Why did you choose to become involved in the site empowerment meet-ups?

“The biggest concept of the site empowerment [regional meet-ups] that resonated with me was the ability to collaborate with all the other sites in our geographic area. It allows us to gain insight on similar issues those sites may be having as well as discuss the pros and cons about possible solutions for those issues.”



Kate Fiorito

IT Clinical Research Systems Analyst,
Fox Chase Cancer Center – Temple Health


What value have you seen from the Northeast meet-ups so far?

“Any time you can get a group of cancer centers, a group of health systems together to just start talking, there’s always power in numbers and that’s what is so strong for [our regional meet-up group]—we bring everyone together.”


Brian Sevier

Director, Office of Clinical Research,
University of Florida


How are you, and the other leaders, involved in the regional meet-ups?

“We don’t view [the role of Regional Leader] as ‘we’re leading the discussion,’ we view our roles as ‘we’re facilitating the discussion’ between all the members in the region. It isn’t just what’s important to me, it’s what’s important to all of us as a cohesive group in each regional area and how we can help serve each other.”



Eric Borchardt

Senior Coverage Analyst,
Indiana University


What is the Midwest group currently working on?

“[The Midwest meet-up group] has discussed all areas of research. We bring in regulatory people, we bring in OnCore support staff, and I’m working on setting up a research nurse coordinator to help the conversation along with me… Recently, we’ve discussed ways to gain a little leverage in negotiating a contract to where it is mutually beneficial for the sponsor and for us without losing a ton of money by opening a trial.”

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  1. How do you determine how many studies a CRN or CRC can handle at any given time. It depends is really not helpful. I need to find a way to quantify this. I’ve developed a tool for this that fits our site’s needs, but would like to know what others are doing.

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