Performance Improvement 2004. Feasibility study of NHGRI's educational program


The purpose of the study was to assess the feasibility of conducting an outcome evaluation of the educational components of 50 Years of DNA: From Double Helix to Health that were aimed at high school teachers and students. The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) brought genomics to the classroom by developing on-line lesson plans, curriculum supplements, and other resources that could be used to teach genetics and the ethical, legal, and social implications of genomic research during the celebration and throughout the school year and by encouraging teachers to participate in a national “DNA Day” on April 25, 2003. Study recommendations were informed by (1) a review of the literature; (2) an assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of alternative methodologies and measures; (3) synthesis of Office of Management and Budget (OMB) requirements; and (4) examination of cost estimates of other federally funded outcome evaluations. Major findings included the following: (1) an outcome evaluation is justified for measuring the extent to which program goals are met and for guiding decisions about future allocation of resources; (2) evidence of program success can be detected by a well-designed outcome evaluation conducted with a sufficiently large sample; and (3) the most appropriate methodology is a mixed methods design that combines both quantitative and qualitative measures to evaluate program effects.

PIC ID: 7960
Agency Sponsor: NIH-NHGRI, National Human Genome Research Institute
Federal Contact: Lanier, Lisa, 301-435-2674
Performer: Clare Von Secker, Ph.D., Chevy Chase, MD

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