This feasibility study was conducted to optimize the design of a full evaluation of the Academic Research Enhancement Awards (AREA) program, develop data collection strategies and assess the relative costs of various types of evaluative studies that might be part of a comprehensive program evaluation. AREA grants provide support to scientists at eligible domestic institutions for small-scale health-related research projects, pilot research projects and feasibility studies/development, testing and refinement of research techniques, and other discrete research projects that demonstrate research capability.
Evaluators identified key research questions; developed a logic model; and produced options for a research plan, methodology, and budget for a comprehensive and intensive evaluation study. Evaluators provided recommended data collection strategies and advantages and limitations of each. Moreover, they delineated a 'core' set of data that would need to be collected, and optional data collections that could be carried out for additional information.
Report Title: Assessing the Feasibility of a Quantitative and Qualitative Outcome Evaluation of the NIH Academic Research Enhancement Award
Agency Sponsor: NIH, National Institutes of Health
Federal Contact: Rosanna Ng, 301-496-5367
Performer: Discovery Logic Inc., a Thomson Reuters Company
Record ID: 9800 (October 14, 2011)