This study examined the feasibility to conduct an outcome evaluation of the Activities to Promote Research Collaborations (APRC) program in the National Cancer Institute’s Division of Cancer Biology (DCB). The study involved pilot testing telephone survey instruments on randomly selected sample of APRC-funded and non-funded (unsuccessful) applicants for the APRC award to assess the willingness of investigators to cooperate and participate in the full-scale study and to determine whether responses could yield useful information that can be analyzed. The study also involved collecting and analyzing secondary applicant data from IMPACII, e-Grants, and PubMed databases, to explore the practicality and efficiency of secondary data extraction process. Recommendations included: (A) specific modifications in the wording of some survey questions to improve clarity, and (B) the elimination of questions that were redundant or did not lend useful data. Other key recommendations from the feasibility study included the following: (1) Only funded investigators should be surveyed. (2) If publications are to be used as a key outcome indicator, study population should consist of investigators funded in FY 2002 and earlier. Most APRC project-related articles were published approximately 3 years after the receipt of award. (3) Secondary data collection can provide additional information to strengthen the reliability of survey responses. (4)Preliminary findings revealed promising outcomes of the APRC program.
PIC ID: 8130; Agency Sponsor: NIH-NCI, National Cancer Institute; Federal Contact: Kim, Kelly, 301-496-5473; Performer: CSR, Incorporated, Washington, DC