Performance Improvement 2006. A Feasibility Study for the Evaluation of Parkinson’s Disease Research Centers: Assessment of Approaches and Development of an Evaluation Plan


In September 2004, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) contracted with ORC Macro, Inc. to assess the feasibility of conducting a full-scale outcome evaluation of its original 11 Morris K. Udall Centers for Excellence in Parkinson’s Disease Research. The feasibility study explored potential questions that could be addressed in such an evaluation, and assessed the availability of the  data necessary to address these questions. At its conclusion, the contractors performing the study determined that an evaluation was feasible and articulated an approach for conducting such an  evaluation. This approach involved a conceptual framework for the anticipated function of the Udall Centers and a set of ten study questions focused on the selection process for the Centers; the administration of the Centers program by (NINDS); the achievement of short-term and long-term research and related (e.g., collaboration, sharing, etc.) goals by the Centers; an assessment of why some Centers were more successful than others; and a comparison of the Centers’ performance to that of other Parkinson’s disease researchers in the community (who are not affiliated with the Udall Centers).

PIC ID: 8200; Agency Sponsor: NIH-NINDS, Nat’l Institute of Neurological Disorders & Stroke; Federal Contact: Scott, Paul A, 301-496-9271; Performer: ORC Macro, Calverton, MD

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