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The evaluation of large research initiatives - A participatory integrative mixed-methods approach

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Trochim W, Marcus S, Masse L, Moser R, Weld P. The evaluation of large research initiatives - A participatory integrative mixed-methods approach. American Journal of Evaluation. 2008;29, 1:8-28.

Over the past few decades there has been a rise in the number of federally funded large scientific research initiatives, with increased calls to evaluate their processes and outcomes. This article describes efforts to evaluate such initiatives in one agency within the U.S. federal government. The authors introduce the Evaluation of Large Initiatives (ELI) project, a preliminary effort to explore how to accomplish such evaluation. They describe a pilot effort of this project to evaluate the Transdisciplinary Tobacco Use Research Center (TTURC) initiative of the National Cancer Institute. They present a summary of this pilot evaluation including the methods used (concept mapping, logic modeling, a detailed researcher survey, content. analysis and systematic peer-evaluation of progress reports, bibliometric analysis and peer evaluation of publications and citations, and financial expenditures analysis) and a brief overview of results. Finally, they discuss several important lessons and recommendations that emerged from this work.

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center grants, concept mapping, evaluating research, federal evaluation, logic models, citation analysis, research impact, cocitation analysis, bibliometrics, science, conceptualization, scientometrics, journals

Addresses these goal(s):

  • Learn about the field of team science: history, theory and concepts
  • Establish or maintain effective team science endeavors
  • Provide institutional support for team science
  • Conduct research on/evaluate team science

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Resource created by Amanda Vogel on 3/14/2011 3:23:49 PM.

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