The Tracking and Evaluation subgroup coordinates a multi-faceted, evidence-based evaluation that optimizes existing administrative structures, data systems and expertise to address the quality and effectiveness of CCTS activities, goals, and milestones.
This evaluation structure includes both process implementation (formative) and outcome performance (summative) metrics and is based on a modified continuous quality improvement model, which currently guides both institutional and college-specific evaluation efforts.
This approach to monitoring and evaluating large programmatic efforts is informed by various resources, including methods and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Science Foundation.
An important strength of this evaluation plan involves not only assessing key ongoing processes of the population-based research and educational thrusts (process metrics), but also monitoring key health-related markers in rural areas that are traditionally difficult to access (impact metrics).
This plan emphasizes scholarly "meta-evaluative" aspects to assessment and evaluation by supporting emergent programs of research specific to the academic transformation of clinical and translational science. Indeed, a key innovation of this evaluation plan will be the adaptation and piloting of an existing instrument to tap organizational culture and effectiveness by probing institutional dynamics, social sub-communities, work relationships, attitudes and general working conditions. Data from this and other surveys will provide a wealth of unique information for determining best Clinical and Translational Science Award practices.