Performance Improvement 2013-2014. Is a System-Wide Evaluation of the Transdisciplinary Geographic Management Program Feasible?

01/01/2014

The Transdisciplinary Geographic Management Program (GMaP) fosters state-of-the-art regional networks/centers dedicated to cancer health disparities research and care. The GMaP network, which spans six regions, is an integrated, comprehensive approach to improve, advance and achieve measurable reductions in cancer health disparities research, and enable the research to inform and improve practice. The study design consisted of concept mapping, logic model development, and virtual meetings/group interviews with each of the six regions.

The study found gaps in the program's specifications of short-term and intermediate evaluative indicators, but there were clear linkages between program elements and the process logic model that suggested measures of research system success. Some potential short-term and intermediate outcomes proposed included: increased number of trained staff to sustain research, especially clinical research; increased resource acquisition; increased screening compliance among all populations; and increased efficiency of information exchange among GMaP partners. The regions were not prepared to engage in the development of an integrated evaluation approach; there was no common acceptance or expectation of value for a system-wide evaluation framework. Nevertheless, evaluators suggested potential applications for the process logic model at the systems level.

Report Title: Evaluation Feasibility and Framework Development: Summary of Processes, Results and Recommendations

Agency Sponsor: NIH, National Institutes of Health
Federal Contact: Rosanna Ng, 301-496-5367
Performer: NOVA Research Company
Record ID: 9735 (October 11, 2011)

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