Performance Improvement 2011-2012. Is An Outcome Evaluation of the New Innovator Award Program Feasible?


The goal of the New Innovator Award (NIA) program is to stimulate highly innovative research. The program seeks to accomplish this by funding high-risk, high-reward research and supporting promising young investigators who have not yet received a large research award such as the individual investigator research project grant. To examine possible approaches for an appropriate outcome evaluation design, the evaluators conducted interviews with program staff, held several focus groups with select awardees and performed a literature review. They also held discussions with experts who had performed evaluations of NIA-like programs and assessed the programs' degree of similarity in motivation and population to the NIA to identify a comparison group.

The evaluators determined that an outcome evaluation of the NIA program was feasible. They proposed a quasi-experimental design using a comparison group of early stage investigators who were awarded research project grants. They proposed that the outcome evaluation be conducted as an expert review, and supplemented by bibliometric analysis, administrative data, surveys of awardees, and case studies of selected awardees.

Report Title: Feasibility Study of An Outcome Evaluation of the National Institutes of Health's New Innovator Award Program

Agency Sponsor: NIH, National Institutes of Health
Federal Contact: Rosanna Ng, 301-496-5367
Performer: IDA Science and Technology Policy Institute (STPI)
Record ID: 9822 (Report issued January 31, 2011)

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