The purpose of the evaluation plan is to provide a measure of the TSU RCMI program’s success in achieving its overarching goal of addressing contemporary health issues related to environmental exposures.  More specifically, this program seeks to support the development and expansion of a biomedical infrastructure for conducting multidisciplinary collaborative research studies on cancer and cardiovascular disease through the establishment of 3 (three) integrated research resource Cores that will attract and develop outstanding minority scientists who have research interests in finding ways to reduce and/or eliminate the burden of cancer and cardiovascular diseases in minority and other disadvantaged populations.  The objective of the evaluation program is to 1) continually align and direct the course of work toward specified short and long-term goals by elucidating areas of improvement; 2) assess the impact of work efforts measured by success or progress; and 3) document the accomplishments as a result of programmatic activities.

The evaluation plan measures program successes by conducting a quarterly formative and summative evaluation, to determine how effective we are in achieveing our goals and objectives, how well and how quickly we identify unexpected challenges, underutilization or ineffective use of resources, and ensure achievement of milestones; as well as provide guidance toward potential corrective actions.  Using the evaluation results we will make data-driven decisions and steer the future direction of the program, seeking to optimize the efficiency, effectiveness, and success of individual and joint progress of the other five key activities.

The plan provides details of the evaluation process to determine whether or not each core is achieving its goals and objectives as well as program’s progress and effectiveness.  In addition, the emphasis of the evaluation activities for the TSU RCMI Program will be on building research capacity at the institution.