Program Evaluation


The Institute for Clinical and Translational Science Evaluation Core supports clinical and translational science regionally and nationally through programmatic evaluation and routine data capture that support strategic management.

The ICTS Evaluation philosophy is rooted in well established evaluation models such as the Centers for Disease Control Evaluation Model along with contemporary Participatory, Developmental, and Utilization-Focused program evaluation paradigms. We marry these paradigms with the popular Plan, Do, Study, Act (PDSA) model to create an integrated framework for evaluation and Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI).

Use of Plan, Do, Study, Act Model for CQI

Plan, Do, Study, Act diagram

Evaluation efforts are supported by the program evaluation, and other key ICTS personnel, including module directors, project managers, and the External Advisory Committee.

Impact and Contribution

Our evaluation initiatives are moving from short-term internal performance improvements to data-driven sustained, organization-wide improvements to speed delivery of discovery into practice. ICTS provides services and support to catalyze innovative clinical and translational science that leads to measurable improvements in the health of Iowans and the nation. Selected key accomplishments are highlighted below:

The Enrollment and Characteristics of Clincal Trials (ECCT) Dashboard

Clinical Trial Recruitment Map

Tracking enrollments in CRU interventional clinical trials has allowed us the opportunity to visualize state demographics overlayed with our successful enrollments into trials. This ECCT dashboard incorporates race/ethnicity/rural-urban codes, age and can be customized for specific data trends.

The ICTS Pilot Grant Program for Clinical and Translational Studies (PILOTS)

hourglass with grant information

Since 2007 ICTS pilot awardees have received $141 million dollars in external funding demonstrating that recipients of our pilot awards have gone on to direct highly successful CTR programs. Moreover, our PILOTS program awardees have been tremendously successful leading to >3100 publications and >76,000 citations from 2008-2020.


Current Projects

Learn more about the current projects the program evaluation and our evaluation teams participation in the common metrics initiative.

program evaluation chart

Contact Information

Maran Subramain, PhD



Help the Institute for Clinical and Translational Science at the University of Iowa continue making new strides in medical research by citing the NIH CTSA program grant UM1TR004403.