Evaluating the career impact of training grants in health services research
Issues: The U.S. government spends millions of dollars in grants each year to train promising young researchers. The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) offers individual K (K01, K02, K08) grants, which provide mentorship for Health Services Research (HSR) to early-career investigators with the intent that recipients will pursue careers in HSR. The evaluation for the K programs can prove to be a challenge, as metrics of success can be variable. Description: This analysis sought to determine if individuals who received training (K) grants from AHRQ pursued further research within the field of Health Services Research (HSR). Researchers that received K grants from 2002-2012 were identified using the AHRQ Grants On-Line Database (GOLD), and then individually queried using the National Institutes of Health Query View and Report (NIH QVR) database, which provides information about a researcher's grant history. Information collected included all AHRQ and non-AHRQ grants awarded, participation in study section meetings, and publication data. Lessons Learned: The data suggests that of the 155 applicants that were studied, 24% of mentored researchers receiving 5 years of funding received subsequent funding through large federal research grants. Trainees also participated as members of AHRQ and non-AHRQ study sections. Recommendations: The scope of this project can be broadened by evaluating other metrics of success, such as publication data and journal impact. Further research can be conducted to identify other factors that reflect the success of HSR trainees as researchers.
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Evaluate the success rate of AHRQ mentored scientist program K (K01, K02, K08) recipients in pursuing Health Services Research careers.
Keyword(s): Training, Evaluation
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Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the primary investigator of this study and have experience in training evaluation and program evaluation at the federal level. My scientific interests include primary care workforce training and health quality measurement.
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