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Eval12 Session 911: Training Program Evaluation: Creating a Composite Indicator to Measure Career Outcomes 

11-05-2012 07:54

A primary goal of research training programs is to increase the number of qualified researchers in a particular discipline or methodology. Training program evaluations tend to examine applicant and awardee characteristics, award rates, and short-term research outcomes such as subsequent publication or grant activity. In many cases, these measures do not capture the activities of those trainees who are participating in the research enterprise but not as a principal investigator. We tested the feasibility and efficacy of a metric that combined professional society membership, professional certification, service on federal advisory committees, and publication authorship as a proxy of ‘broader engagement’ in the biomedical research enterprise. We show that this metric captured trainees who did not have subsequent grant records but who are engaged in research-related activities. We describe a case study in which this metric was found to be an effective indicator of program impact.

#Training #2012Conference #Impact #QuantitativeMethods-TheoryandDesign #NCI #DataVisualizationandReporting #Casestudy #GovernmentEvaluation #NIH

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