Performance Improvement 2011-2012. How Well Does the Community for Advanced Graduate Training Website Meet the Needs of its Users?

01/01/2012

This study evaluated the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) Community for Advanced Graduate Training (CAGT) website to determine whether it met the needs of its users and how its usability and functionality might be improved. The website provides a "matching service" between undergraduate students from the NIGMS Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) Undergraduate Student Training in Academic Research (U-STAR) program and graduate research training programs funded through National Research Service Award Institutional Pre-doctoral Training grants.

The evaluation team received positive feedback from program participants. They reported that the CAGT website aided in the recruitment and placement of students by providing institutions with greater access to high-quality students and students with one convenient place to search for research programs across the country. Shortcomings of the website were also identified and several programmatic and functional changes were recommended to improve its robustness and functionality.

Report Title: National Institute of General Medical Sciences Community for Advanced Graduate Training (CAGT) Website Evaluation

Agency Sponsor: NIH, National Institutes of Health
Federal Contact: Rosanna Ng, 301-496-5367
Performer: Highrise Consulting, Inc.
Record ID: 9422 (Report issued May 2, 2011)

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