Performance Improvement 2009. How Can NIH Better Track Training Programs Across All Institutes and Centers?


This study assessed whether an extension of the Query/View/Reporting (QVR) system (a web-based tool to help users of the electronic research administration system search and view grant application/approval information) could provide a mechanism for tracking in greater detail all National Institutes of Health (NIH) trainees. The expanded QVR system developed interfaces with NIH databases so that multiple measures of trainee success and training programs could be obtained without additional burden on individual Institutes and Centers. NIH’s IMPAC II system was used as the primary source of data for the interfaces, but other databases were considered as well. The study evaluated the expanded system’s capability to customize search criteria, review results in tabular format, save the results, provide information at aggregate and individual levels, and identify individuals associated with grants.

QVR successfully interfaces with the new Information for Management, Planning, Analysis and Coordination (IMPAC II) system so that an individual NIH institute or center could easily retrieve information on its trainees. This enabled the history of a trainee to be tracked as they moved through the NIH system. The extended system could track numbers of trainees who successfully competed for grants or published in scientific journals. QVR experienced varying degrees of success with other databases, but was unable to complete an assessment of its interface capability with some. The study demonstrated that the expanded QVR system created a user-friendly way of tracking trainees and allowed for additional enhancements, if needed.

Report Title: NIH-Wide Trainee Tracking System via QVR; Report may be obtained from Federal Contact
Agency Sponsor: NIH, National Institutes of Health
Federal Contact: Janet Guthrie, 919-541-4258
Performer: QVR
PIC ID: 9077

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