207570 CDC Injury Control Research Centers: Identifying contributions and synergy

Wednesday, November 11, 2009: 12:30 PM

Kristianna Pettibone, PhD , Program Analysis Branch/Division of Extramural Research and Training, National Institute of Environmental Health Science, Morrisville, NC
Jamie Weinstein, MPH , Center for Community Prevention and Treatment Research, The MayaTech Corporation, Silver Spring, MD
Sue Lin Yee, MA, MPH , National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA
Howard Kress, PhD , National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, NAI for Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA
Background: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC) has funded Injury Control Research Centers (ICRC) since 1987. In 2008, NCIPC began a program evaluation of the ICRCs to describe the contributions of the ICRC program to building and sustaining the field of injury prevention and control. Key stakeholders, including NCIPC leadership and staff, ICRC directors, and evaluation experts identified critical research questions and worked with the evaluation team to develop logic models that describe the program and evaluation outcomes. Purpose: The purpose of the evaluation is to: 1) assess the relevance, quality, and significance of ICRC activities and outcomes; 2) highlight success stories over the course of the program; 3) identify research and programmatic gaps and foci for guiding NCIPC policy, funding, and staffing decisions. Methods: Qualitative and quantitative data were collected during two site visits to ICRCs and in telephone interviews with 12 currently funded ICRCs. Results: The presentation highlights program level findings, including the centers' research priorities, evidence of translation of research to practice, significant collaborations, leveraging of funding, and training programs. We discuss the impact of these findings on the centers' ability to generate the synergy that is critical to building and sustaining the injury field, beyond the impact of their individual projects. Conclusions: Through the discussion of these findings, we highlight the program's contributions and identify promising practices that maximize the utility of CDC-ICRC program in the field of injury prevention and control.

Learning Objectives:
Identify three benefits of using a participatory, collaborative approach in program evaluation. Identify two strategies for developing critical research questions that address the value of the ICRC program. Identify three key contributions of the ICRCs. Be able to discuss the impact of the ICRCs on the injury field.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I conducted the research and wrote the report for this evaluation.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.