Medical Education

Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CCTSI)

Needs Assessment, Outcome & Impact Evaluation


The Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CCTSI) at the University of Colorado (CU) is a partnership of CU-Denver- Anschutz Medical Campus, CU Boulder, Colorado State University, six hospitals and 20 community organizations. The Evaluation Center provides external evaluation of the numerous CCTSI resources and programs.


Primary Aims

  • Establish metrics to demonstrate local CTSA impact through rigorous program evaluation
  • Disseminate research results and best practices broadly
  • Continue quality improvement activities to continuously improve programs and impact
  • Participate in national-level efforts to develop and collect CTSA-wide metrics to measure the impact of the CTSA program

The CCTSI is supported by NIH/NCATS Colorado CTSA grant number UM1TR004399.

Project Pillars:

Administrative Core

The Evaluation Center project lead is a member of the CCTSI Executive Committee, prepares presentations for the External Advisory Committee, and contributes to the annual Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR)

Our team conducts institute-wide needs assessment surveys and evaluates various resources and conferences supported and hosted by the CCTSI. These include:

  • Clinical and Translational Research Centers
  • CU-CSU Annual Conference
  • Pediatric Poster Conference
  • Research Ethics Conference
Workforce Development

The CCTSI offers a variety of funding and training opportunities for graduate students, post-doctoral trainees, junior investigators, and their academic mentors to enhance the pipeline for clinical and translational research. The Evaluation Center works closely with program directors to conduct pre/post assessments, focus groups, alumni surveys, and tracking of participant outcomes for the following CCTSI educational training and grant review programs:

  • Team Oriented Training across the Translational Sciences Spectrum (TOTTS or TL1 Program)
  • Teaming for Early Career Researchers
  • CO-Mentor Training
  • KL2 Mentored Career Development Award
  • Communicating Your Science to the Public
  • Pre-K Grant Review Program
  • K to R Grant Review Program
Translational Pilot Grant Awards

The CCTSI Translational Pilot Grant Program provides a variety of grant types to support cross-discipline and collaborative research in clinical and translational methods. The different grant programs support high quality research from pre-clinical to practice in community settings. Grant programs focus on the cellular and molecular level, pre-clinical research in animal models, clinical research in humans, research with children of all ages as well as pregnant women and mothers of newborn and young infants, development of novel methods and innovative technologies, and applications of interventions in clinical and community settings.

 The Evaluation Center uses bibliometric analysis to track outcomes including follow-on funding, publications, patents, new technologies, and return on investment for up to five years after initial funding. Evaluators also assess program satisfaction and diversity among pilot awardees for the following translational pilot grant award programs:

  • Colorado Pilot Program (CO-Pilot)
  • Community Engagement Pilot Program
  • Child and Maternal Health Pilot Program
  • Translational Methods Pilot Program
Community Engagement

The CCTSI places a high priority on engaging community members and other stakeholders in the full spectrum of clinical and translational research. The Community Engagement Core engages patients and communities as active partners in research to address community priorities. They offer innovative programs on the core principles of community-based participatory research, to develop skills to engage community partners in research, and to spend time in a local Colorado community to learn first-hand about the community and begin relationship-building.

The Evaluation Center provides evaluation of the following Community Engagement programs and resources:

  • Colorado Immersion Training (CIT) Program
  • Community Research Liaisons
  • Community Engagement Consults
  • Community Engagement Pilot Program

Evaluation Approach

A multi-methods approach is used across all the evaluations including:

  • Surveys
  • Focus groups
  • Quantitative analysis, including bibliometrics
  • Grant and participant tracking
  • Needs assessments
  • Formative and process evaluation
  • Summative evaluation


2008 – Present


Graduate students, Postdoctoral Fellows, Faculty, and Community Research Liaisons across CCSTI and its partner organizations