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Evaluation & Tracking

CCTSI's Evaluation & Tracking Framework


Key CCTSI Evaluation Questions

  1. What evidence exists that the CCTSI has successfully reorganized to transform the process by which basic discoveries / research findings are translated into clinical and community-based practice? (domain: reorganization/infrastructure)
    1. What evidence exists that programs are explicitly oriented / designed to foster translational research? (domain: organizational change)
  2. What evidence exists that the newly reorganized systems are functioning effectively? (domain: program effectiveness)
  3. What evidence exists that the CCTSI increases researcher effectiveness to conduct translational research? (domain: researcher effectiveness)
  4. What evidence exists that the reorganization enhances / promotes integration and collaboration across disciplines and institutions? (domain: integration, collaboration)
    1. What evidence exists that enhanced collaboration and integration accelerate innovation? – the rate at which novel discoveries / methodologies / technologies are made / developed?
    2. What evidence exists that enhanced collaboration and integration accelerate translation? – the rate at which novel discoveries / methodologies / techniques are applied to clinical and community-based practice?
    3. To what extent and in what ways are CCTSI core functions connected? How does this change / evolve over time? What are the implications in terms of innovation? … in terms of promoting seamless translation across the CCTSI?
  5. What evidence exists that the CCTSI's work results in quality clinical and translational research that has the potential to impact the nation’s health? (domain: quality research)
  6. What evidence emerges that CCTSI T1 and T2 translational research enterprises evolve in terms of how they function in relation to one another? (domain:translation)
    1. What are the implications in terms of seamless translation as per NIH’s roadmap?
    2. How are opportunities to improve the health of populations leveraged / lost as a result?

Evaluation Indicators by Domain

Domain Indicators of Success

Reorganization and Infrastructure

  • Reduction of redundant work processes
  • Centralization of services
  • Consolidation of advisory boards, committees
  • Shared resources, budgets, infrastructures
  • Change from current institutional award process to CTSA model

Program Effectiveness

  • Levels of use and participation (by constituencies)
  • Participant satisfaction
  • Expert review
  • Accessibility and adequacy
  • Efficiency and timeliness

Researcher Effectiveness

  • Enrollment/completion rates for educational opportunities
  • Participant ratings of training, mentoring, and internships
  • Increases in participants’ skills and knowledge
  • Researcher success in compliance with regulations and the IRB process
  • Indicators of career advancement

Integration and Collaboration

  • Organizational change reflected in integration, sharing, and dissemination
  • Collaborative research projects across departments, schools, and affiliate institutions
  • Interdisciplinarity as assessed by operational definition adopted by national evaluation consortium
  • Innovation

Quality of Research / Translation

  • Publications in peer-reviewed journals
  • Presentations
  • On-going funding
  • Career advancement
  • Research addresses health disparities

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