Infrastructure and Capacity Building

Projects related to infrastructure and capacity building aim to increase workforce knowledge and skill, strengthen networks, install new policies and procedures, and enhance overall capacity and infrastructure within and across organizations. Evaluations usually involve multi-level process and outcome measures, collected at multiple time points from diverse stakeholders. Some of our past and present Infrastructure and Capacity Building projects include:

New Hampshire IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (NH-INBRE)

Funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH), the Institutional Development Award (IDeA) program supports faculty development and institutional research capacity building in U.S. states with historically low levels of NIH support. The INBRE program supports collaboration between research-intensive institutions and primarily undergraduate institutions and/or community colleges. CPDE serves as the internal evaluator for both the New Hampshire and Rhode Island INBRE programs. Both of these programs aim to expand the science and technology capacity and infrastructure in their state by providing increased opportunities for students and faculty to experience and lead original biomedical research. CPDE is responsible for assessing impact on students, faculty, undergraduate research culture, and science research infrastructure at partner institutions in each state. Our evaluation plans include online and in-person surveys, focus groups, one-on-one interviews, direct observation, and longitudinal follow-up and tracking using direct outreach and social media resources.

Dartmouth SYNERGY

The Dartmouth Center for Clinical and Translational Science (Dartmouth SYNERGY) works to transform local, regional, and national environments to increase the efficiency and speed of clinical and translational research across the country. This five-year project seeks to bring laboratory discoveries to clinical practice, transforming scientific and therapeutic breakthroughs into new treatments, cures, and other improved health outcomes for patients. CPDE serves as the internal evaluators for SYNERGY, providing oversight of all program evaluation activities as well as conducting surveys, interviews, and focus groups to assess the quality, scope, and impact of SYNERGY's services and support.

Center for Molecular Epidemiology

The Center for Molecular Epidemiology is a five-year project with the Center for Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) that aims to support infrastructure development through the following projects: 1) stimulating rigorous innovative research and fostering the career development of junior investigators and recruiting new faculty, 2) promoting translation of emerging technologies and basic research findings on common pathways of disease etiology and progression by providing core research services. CPDE serves as the internal evaluator and is conducting a formative and summative evaluation of the project including observations of research presentations, interviews with investigators, and surveys of investigators and their mentors.

Partners for Change and NH Adoption Preparation and Preservation Projects

In two system change initiatives funded by the Administration of Children (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services), the Dartmouth Trauma Interventions Research Center (DTIRC) and NH's Division for Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) collaborate to improve the well-being of children, youth and families served by the State of New Hampshire's child welfare agency through the installation of trauma screening and family functioning assessments to enhance case planning and services. In both projects, CPDE serves as the external evaluator providing guidance in the research and implementation design as well as conducting a comprehensive mixed methods evaluation using a randomized, matched-pairs cross-over design and methods including interviews, time (cost) studies and annual surveys of DCYF staff and mental health clinicians to supplement child/family screening data and secondary system-level data.