The overall goal of the Evaluation Core (EC) is to design and conduct a comprehensive evaluation for monitoring the achievements of short, medium and long-term goals of the PRCTRC. As well, the EC efforts develop high-level evaluation capacity integrating evaluation practices in the daily functions and operations of PRCTRC.
- Promote an evaluation culture to facilitate a healthy organizational structure in the PRCTRC for the accomplishment of the proposed goals.
- Incorporate strategic planning, organizational management, and tracking processes into the implementation of PRCTRC program and each core.
- Assess outcomes/achievements of PRCTRC and each core annually.
- Develop and update logic models, work plans, and evaluation plans for each PRCTRC core.
- Implement a participatory evaluation approach among all PRCTRC activities.
- Host Driving to Consortium Organizational Innovation initiative among PRCTRC staff.
- Implement a 360˚ approach to assess the PRCTRC advancement of knowledge.
- Develop and implement evaluation data collection strategies to ensure tracking of measures of overall PRCTRC activities and outcomes.
- Monitor the progress and impact of PRCTRC training activities and mentoring programs.
- Assess the progress of the PRCTRC in fulfilling its mission and goals.
The Integrative Conceptual Framework (ICF) has been designed to promote an evaluation culture within the PRCTRC (see Figure 1). ICF integrates participatory evaluation approaches, organizational learning practices, and continuous quality improvement processes across overall programmatic activities.
Figure 1. Integrative Conceptual Framework (ICF)
Network Analysis (NA) is an innovative methodology that provides interpersonal-level data. The EC implements a NA methodology to evaluate scientific collaborations among PRCTRC. As part of this initiative, the EC has been: (1) assessing the extent to which PRCTRC encourage collaborations among supported scientists (basic and clinicians), and (2) mapping collaboration patterns across this multi-institutional program.
Scientific collaboration is defined as two or more researchers working together in one or more of the following:
- Grants: Collaborating in a grant/proposal that uses PRCTRC support and/or resources. Consider collaborating in grant preparation, grant implementation, and/or post-data collection activities.
- Biomedical Sample Sharing: Exchange of biomedical samples for a study which is receiving PRCTRC support.
- Participants/Volunteers Sharing: Exchange research subjects in a study which is receiving PRCTRC support.
- Recorded Information Sharing: Exchange of data residing in databases of a study which is receiving PRCTRC support.
- Human Resources Sharing: Exchange of human resources (e.g., nurses, medical technologist, laboratory technician) in a study that is receiving PRCTRC support.
- Publications: Joint publications of study manuscript in a peer-review journal with PRCTRC support acknowledgement, restricted to Consortium supported investigators.