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Evaluating Research Centers in Minority Institutions: Framework, Metrics, Best Practices, and Challenges

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Department of Tropical Medicine, Medical Microbiology, and Pharmacology, John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI 96813, USA
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Department of Public Health, School of Health Professions, University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS 39406, USA
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Department of Anthropology, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ 86011, USA
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Department of Surgical Sciences, School of Dental Medicine, University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences Campus, 00938 San Juan, Puerto Rico
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Community-Based Research Institute, Florida International University, Miami, FL 33199, USA
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Department of Biostatistics, Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work, Florida International University, Miami, FL 33199, USA
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Ponce Research Institute, Ponce Health Sciences University, Ponce 00732, Puerto Rico
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Center for Cancer Research and Therapeutic Development, Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta, GA 30314, USA
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Center for Community Prevention and Treatment Research, Division of Research and Evaluation, The MayaTech Corporation, Silver Spring, MD 20910, USA
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Department of Community Health and Preventive Medicine, Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA 30310, USA
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Division of Research and Innovation, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA 92182, USA
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Institute of Public Health, School of Public Health, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA 92182, USA
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Department of Computer Science, School of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences, Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD 21251, USA
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(22), 8373; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17228373
Received: 7 October 2020 / Revised: 2 November 2020 / Accepted: 10 November 2020 / Published: 12 November 2020
The NIH-funded Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMI) program is currently funding 18 academic institutions to strengthen the research environment and contribution to health disparities research. The purpose of this multiphase mixed-methods study was to establish a uniform evaluation framework for demonstrating the collective success of this research consortium. Methods included discussions of aims and logic models at the RCMI Evaluators’ Workshop, a literature review to inform an evaluation conceptual framework, and a case study survey to obtain evaluation-related information and metrics. Ten RCMIs participated in the workshop and 14 submitted responses to the survey. The resultant RCMI Evaluation Conceptual Model presents a practical ongoing approach to document RCMIs’ impacts on health disparities. Survey results identified 37 common metrics under four primary categories. Evaluation challenges were issues related to limited human resources, data collection, decision-making, defining metrics, cost-sharing, and revenue-generation. There is a need for further collaborative efforts across RCMI sites to engage program leadership and community stakeholders in addressing the identified evaluation challenges and measurement. Program leadership should be engaged to apply the Evaluation Conceptual Framework and common metrics to allow for valid inter-institutional comparisons and consortium-wide evaluations. Stakeholders could ensure evaluation metrics are used to facilitate community impacts. View Full-Text
Keywords: RCMI; program evaluation; evaluation metrics; collaboration; consortium-wide evaluation; evaluation framework; health disparities RCMI; program evaluation; evaluation metrics; collaboration; consortium-wide evaluation; evaluation framework; health disparities
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Sy, A.; Hayes, T.; Laurila, K.; Noboa, C.; Langwerden, R.J.; Hospital, M.M.; Andújar-Pérez, D.A.; Stevenson, L.; Cunningham, S.M.R.; Rollins, L.; Madanat, H.; Penn, T.; Mehravaran, S. Evaluating Research Centers in Minority Institutions: Framework, Metrics, Best Practices, and Challenges. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 8373. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17228373

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Sy A, Hayes T, Laurila K, Noboa C, Langwerden RJ, Hospital MM, Andújar-Pérez DA, Stevenson L, Cunningham SMR, Rollins L, Madanat H, Penn T, Mehravaran S. Evaluating Research Centers in Minority Institutions: Framework, Metrics, Best Practices, and Challenges. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(22):8373. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17228373

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Sy, Angela, Traci Hayes, Kelly Laurila, Carlamarie Noboa, Robbert J. Langwerden, Michelle M. Hospital, Doris A. Andújar-Pérez, Lakesha Stevenson, Suzanne M.R. Cunningham, Latrice Rollins, Hala Madanat, Tanya Penn, and Shiva Mehravaran. 2020. "Evaluating Research Centers in Minority Institutions: Framework, Metrics, Best Practices, and Challenges" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17, no. 22: 8373. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17228373

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