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Evaluation of the Center for Clinical and Translational Science

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded a $25 million Clinical and Translational Science Award to Dr. Rebecca Jackson, a member of the faculty of The Ohio State University (OSU) College of Medicine and Director of the University’s Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS). This funding from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences will further the Center’s mission of translating scientific discoveries into clinical therapies to improve human health. The CCTS is a collaboration of College of Medicine, other colleges at OSU and Nationwide Children’s Hospital. This is the Center’s third, five-year cycle of funding from the NIH since 2008. The CCTS provides financial, organizational and educational support to biomedical researchers, as well as opportunities for community members to participate in valuable research. This new grant will support team science initiatives, workforce development and partnerships with private and public organizations. The CCTS currently partners with local communities to improve health outcomes in areas such as mental health, substance abuse, infant mortality and obesity. CETE Evaluators will employ an empowerment evaluation approach to contribute to the CCTS’ understanding of the impact of its work. A range of qualitative and quantitative methods, along with community problem-solving skills, will be used. Building the capacity of CCTS program Directors to effectively engage in evaluation and resultant program improvement will be an important feature of this project.