Performance Improvement 2004. Evaluation of the Bridges to the Future Program


This study examined the feasibility of evaluating the Bridges to the Future program. The mission of the Bridges to the Future Program, established in 1992, is to make available to the biomedical science research enterprise and to the nation the intellectual talents of an increasing number of underrepresented minority students. Bridges to the Future accomplishes this mission by supporting programs that facilitate the transition of students from associate- to baccalaureate-degree granting institutions and from master’s- to doctoral-degree granting institutions. Bridges to the Future promotes effective inter-institutional partnerships to improve the quality and quantity of underrepresented minority students being trained as the next generation of scientists. Bridges to the Future aims to increase the number of underrepresented minority biomedical scientists. The conclusion of the feasibility assessment was that, for the results of any evaluation to be meaningful, it is essential that the questions to be addressed by the evaluation are identified clearly prior to initiating data collection. Furthermore, data collection must be much more systematic, intensive, and more thoroughly validated than currently possible using existing data. In view of the need for detailed and high-quality data, a large-scale evaluation effort designed to address general questions regarding what strategies work among the Bridges programs was found infeasible.

PIC ID: 7651
Agency Sponsor: NIH-NIGMS, National Institute of General Medical Sciences
Federal Contact: Onken, James, 301-594-2764
Performer: University of Chicago, Chicago IL 60637


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