The CEC implements the Diversity Program Consortium (DPC)’s vision and design of activities, and is responsible for the longitudinal, consortium-wide evaluation of the training and mentoring interventions that BUILD and NRMN awardees develop and put into practice. In addition, the CEC facilitates ongoing, consortium-wide discussions of interventions, progress, outcomes and lessons learned, and serves as the focal point for disseminating effective approaches to the broader research training and mentoring communities. The outcomes of this complex, multifaceted experiment have the potential to enhance the diversity of the biomedical research workforce, and will have implications for expanding recruitment, training and mentoring of diverse groups nationwide.
In FY 2014, the CEC award was issued to investigators at the University of California, Los Angeles. Led by Dr. Keith Norris, Dr. Pamela Davidson and Dr. Teresa Seeman, it has three distinct core activities:
- Administrative Core: Provides an administrative structure to facilitate collaboration, communication within the consortium, evaluation of the DPC and the dissemination of research findings.
- Data Coordination Core: Leads the establishment of program-wide goals and hallmarks of success, implements systems to support data collection and analyses/feedback to sites, and offers training and educational support to sites in the areas of data collection and management. This core also led the design of consortium logic models (graphic representations that show the relationships between specific activities, outputs and outcomes), designed to measure BUILD and NRMN programming.
- Evaluation Core: Designs and conducts longitudinal, consortium-wide evaluations to assess the processes, outcomes and impact of NRMN and BUILD program activities; assists BUILD and NRMN sites in developing and implementing site-level evaluation plans; and provides periodic reporting to consortium members.
The CEC’s role in the DPC includes:
- Developing the consortium-wide hallmarks of success, or key elements at each stage of the biomedical research career trajectory, that lead to the development of a successful biomedical research career and ultimately, success as an NIH-funded investigator. Hallmarks of success span the individual student, faculty/mentor and institutional levels.
- Facilitating the development and ongoing implementation of BUILD and NRMN site-level evaluation plans.
- Developing and implementing the longitudinal, consortium-wide evaluation plan.
- Providing and supporting resources for consortium-wide data collection, storage and management.
- Facilitating consortium-wide working groups: Communications, Implementation (an integration of the Data Collection and Evaluation working groups, and Recruitment and Retention; and the Publications and Presentations sub-committee.
- Developing and adapting tools and instruments for measuring consortium-wide hallmarks.
- Coordinating the development of consortium policies (e.g., data sharing, publications and presentations).
- Coordinating communications and outreach activities, including the website , intranet, monthly DPC newsletter and consortium-wide webinars.
For more information about the CEC, see the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts, December 19, 2013 (RFA-RM-13-016), or contact Dr. Michael Sesma at 301-594-3900.