This process evaluation assessed the operations of a program started in 2000 that pays for graduate level training. The program operates through partnerships with universities dedicated to biomedical, basic, and clinical research. The study found that the "Graduate Partnerships" program was effective in recruiting and selecting students and providing them with a high-quality research training experience. Overall, student satisfaction was high and most of the students were moving toward degree completion. The use and refinement of a novel collaborative approach to dissertations allowed students to be co-mentored by both a National Institutes of Health and a university scientist. Challenges faced by the program included unpredictable funding and insufficient administrative help for the program directors. Other challenges included competing with traditional PhD programs for candidates and monitoring progress of over 400 students toward completion of their degrees. Features the evaluators recommended could be added to the program included creation of a process for periodic review of each partnership and developing the ability to add new partnerships over time. The program began implementing recommendations from the study in spring of 2006.
Report Title: Graduate Partnerships Program (GPP) Five-Year Self-Study http://aspe.hhs.gov/pic/fullreports/06/8390.pdf
Agency Sponsor: NIH, National Institutes of Health
Federal Contact: McGee, Richard, 301-594-9604
Performer: N/A; Bethesda, MD
PIC ID: 8390