Performance Improvement 2010. Assess Accomplishments

01/01/2010

To measure how effective the program has been in helping to diagnose and treat cancer, an outcome evaluation of the In Vivo Cellular and Molecular Imaging Centers program was conducted.  The study found that several program goals had been largely met while others were too new to assess.  The program has helped to increase and develop imaging research through the stimulation of high-quality research, formation of multi-disciplinary communities among researchers, unique training experiences for researchers, and the acquisition of technology infrastructure for imaging research.  (9192)

An assessment examined the needs of the target audience (older adults) of the National Institute of Aging's (NIA) AgePages series and the management processes of the program in order to ascertain whether continued investment into the development of new AgePage topics was warranted.  The NIA AgePages is a printed series of more than 40 pamphlets on health and age related topics, developed for adults 60 years of age or older, from all educational backgrounds and racial/ethnic groups.  The evaluation concluded that overall, the AgePages contained useful and interesting information in a format that was appropriate for seniors.  However, a low percentage of participants were familiar with AgePages prior to participating in the study, indicating that significant outreach efforts are warranted for the information to reach the intended audience. (9193)

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