OSCTR Tracking and Evaluation Core
Our evaluation team designs and implements tracking and evaluation activities through a participatory approach that recognizes meaningful use of evaluation findings. We evaluate research and educational activities for the OSCTR as a whole and for each individual OSCTR Core. We monitor the implementation of program activities; track junior faculty, scholars, mentors, and pilot projects; assess the development and sustainability of multidisciplinary research teams; and track budgetary implementation, allocation of resources, and resource sharing. Our team also helps each Core design 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 logic models to show the presumed logic through which activities lead to intended results. Logic models provide a framework for assessing the implementation and achievement of both short and long term objectives. They also help guide the use of various other assessment activities to monitor the progress of the Cores 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 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 evaluation. This handbook will not only clarify recording and reporting responsibilities across Cores but will also guide evaluation activities throughout the development and implementation of the OSCTR.