Evaluation of Key Component Activities
Our evaluation team is committed to designing and implementing tracking and evaluation activities through a participatory approach that recognizes the meaningful use of evaluation findings.
We assess all research and educational activities for the OSCTR as a whole and specifically for each of the Key Component Activities (KCAs) that comprise the OSCTR. We monitor the implementation of program activities; track junior faculty, scholars, and mentors, as well as pilot projects; assess the development and sustainability of multidisciplinary research teams; and track budgetary implementation, allocation of resources, and resource sharing.
Our team is also tasked with determining KCA needs related to a tracking structure to enhance their overall performance, promote synergy, and increase scientific productivity.
We use a mixed-method approach to evaluate the overall effectiveness of the program.
Some of these methods include:
- Interviews and focus groups
- Program data analysis
- Published research
- Social network analysis
Our evaluation planning approach relies heavily on using logic models to show the presumed logic through which activities lead to intended results. Logic models provide a framework for an evaluation plan to assess the implementation of both short- and long-term objectives. They also help guide us to implement various assessment activities, which we can use to monitor the progress of the KCAs and the OSCTR. Logic models are reviewed annually and updated as needed.
We are in the process of developing an Evaluation Standards Handbook. This handbook will identify expectations for how all project stakeholders will be involved in the evaluation, define evaluation responsibilities for the project as a whole and within KCA and core areas, and stipulate actual procedures facilitating the realization of high-quality assessment. This handbook will clarify recording and reporting responsibilities across KCAs and guide evaluation activities throughout the development and implementation of the OSCTR.