Performance Improvement 2007. How Could the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute Bioengineering Research Partnerships Program Be Evaluated?



This study sought how best to evaluate the success, and to recommend methodology and measurement criteria for assessing the performance of Bioengineering Research Partnership Program grants. The program is sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) established the Bioengineering consortium in 1997 to focus on bioengineering in public health and, a year later, the Bioengineering Research Partnership Program to solicit multidisciplinary bioengineering research teams applying an integrated approach to developing knowledge and methods focused on important biological or medical problems. Since 1999, the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute has funded 42, or more than 25%, of the 160 grants in this area that are supported by NIH. The study examined nine case studies and summarized existing award and application data to provide an overview of project goals and progress. The study included online interviews to collect information about nine key measurement criteria. The study resulted in a logic model, metrics that differentiate between successful and less successful awardees, and recommended methods for collecting evaluation data.

The study found that: the typical grant was crafted specifically for this particular program; awardees believed that this type of research was unlikely to be funded elsewhere in NIH; the typical project includes lead investigators from both medical and science fields; design-driven research make it difficult to identify a group with whom to compare performance of these grants; outcome evaluations would be preferable, but the extent of published results may serve as a rough proxy in the meantime.

Report Title: Bioengineering Research Partnership Program Feasibility Study
Agency Sponsor: NIH, National Institutes of Health
Federal Contact: Lundberg, Martha, 301-435-0513
Performer: Stephanie Karsten/Humanitas, Inc; Silver Spring, MD
PIC ID: 8457

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