The overall purpose of the Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMI) program at the University of Puerto Rico - Medical Sciences Campus (UPR-MSC) is to enhance the research capacity and infrastructure of the institution, with an emphasis on collaborative research aimed at reducing health disparities that affect the Puerto Rican population. Evaluation activities focus on assessing the progress of key activities and the extent to which the program is achieving its short-term and long-term goals.
The evaluation team is directed by Marcia Carlyn, Ph.D. of Carlyn Consulting (an external evaluator who will serve as the Key Activity Leader for Evaluation). Dr. Carlyn has unique qualifications to serve in this role, with over 20 years of experience in program evaluation and strategic planning aimed at improving organizational performance. She served as the senior evaluation consultant for a comprehensive evaluation of the entire RCMI Program as well as other IDeA initiatives sponsored by NIH. She has extensive experience designing and conducting evaluations of major NIH initiatives, including the following: the NCRR Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) program; the K22 Career Development Award program for promising scientists; and the Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH).
The program evaluation is based on a conceptual framework which summarizes how UPR-MSC’s RCMI program is intended to work.