National Cancer Institute
Behavioral Research - Cancer Control and Population Sciences

Evaluation of Large Initiatives (ELI)

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ELI projects
Background
Contact
Additional Resources

About Evaluation of Large Initiatives

The Evaluation of Large Initiatives (ELI) is an evaluation team that assesses the outcomes and impact of large transdisciplinary team science initiatives funded by the Division of Cancer Control and Population Science, at the National Cancer Institute. Given the complexity of large transdisciplinary initiatives, ELI examines a broad range of outcomes of such initiatives including the antecedents, processes, and outcomes of transdisciplinary collaborations and the impact of such research on public health. ELI was established in 1999.

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Goals

  • Develop and test new metrics and methods of evaluating team science initiatives
  • Comprehensively evaluate and empirically test the processes and outcomes of team science
  • Develop theoretical frameworks and models for current and future evaluations of large-scale NCI research, training, and translational initiatives
  • Systematically evaluate large-scale transdisciplinary initiatives as a basis for improving these programs and establishing an empirically-grounded science of team science
  • Provide evaluation and research consultation to NCI grantees, intramural scientists, and administrators on the evaluation of transdisciplinary team initiatives

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ELI Projects
DCCPS Team Science Initiatives Currently Being Evaluated

  • Transdisciplinary Tobacco Use Research Centers
  • Transdisciplinary Research in Energetics and Cancer
  • Center of Excellence in Communication and Cancer Research
  • Center of Population Health and Health Disparity
  • Childhood Cancer Survivor Study

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Background of ELI

  • 1999: The Transdisciplinary Tobacco Use Research Centers (TTURC) receive funding; served as pilot study for first ELI evaluation
  • 2001: Formation of the Evaluation of Large Initiatives Team (ELI)
  • 2000-2003 TTURC Evaluation Report
  • 2005: Trans-NCI Evaluation Special Interest Group (SIG) Founded
  • 2006: Science of Team Science Conference

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Contact

  • Daniel Stokols, PhD
    NCI IPA Consultant and Chancellor’s Professor of Social Ecology
    UC Irvine
    dstokols@uci.edu


  • Richard P. Moser, PhD
    Research Psychologist
    Behavioral Research Program
    Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, National Cancer Institute, NIH
    moserr@mail.nih.gov


  • Annie Feng, EdD
    Cancer Research and Training Award Fellow
    Behavioral Research Program
    Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, National Cancer Institute, NIH
    fengx3@mail.nih.gov


  • Kara Hall, PhD
    Health Scientist
    Behavioral Research Program
    Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, National Cancer Institute, NIH
    hallka@mail.nih.gov


  • Brandie Taylor, MA
    Health Evaluator
    Evaluation Branch
    Office of Portfolio Analysis and Strategic Initiatives, Office of Director, NIH
    taylorbr@mail.nih.gov

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Additional Resources

The Science of Team Science - Assessing the Value of Transdisciplinary Research Supplement in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine
2008

The Evaluation of Large Research Initiatives: A Participatory Integrative Mixed-Methods Approach Paper in American Evaluation Association
2008

Science of Team Science

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Last Updated: August 10, 2011

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