NCSBN is dedicated to fulfilling the need for research that supports evidence-based regulatory decisions. The mission of NCSBN is to provide education, service and research through collaborative leadership to promote evidence-based regulatory excellence for patient safety and public protection. Boards of nursing utilize research data to inform regulatory decisions. In order to secure the best evidence available to formulate guidelines and set standards, NCSBN has created a number of initiatives to generate, encourage and fund research. This includes both intramural and extramural research.