Process evaluation of RWJF's New Jersey Nursing Initiative: Nurse Will Be There for You program

The Foundation's New Jersey Nursing Initiative was designed to address the New Jersey nurse faculty shortage by developing, implementing and evaluating a statewide model for recruitment and retention of nurse faculty.The New Jersey nurse faculty shortage is traceable to a variety of factors, such as lack of funding for training scholarships and the lower status and salaries of nursing faculty compared to members of other disciplines. If successful, the Foundation's initiative may also help other states with nursing shortages to achieve similar goals by providing innovative educational models and lessons learned. Mathematica Policy Research, Inc., (MPR) will act as research consultant to RWJF and the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce (NJCC) to help program leaders understand whether and how the initiative secured commitments from participating stakeholders to work on the New Jersey nursing faculty shortage. The evaluators will assess program design and implementation and provide evaluation insight to the program development team. They will also identify innovative educational models and prepare a limited number of evaluability assessments. And, finally, they will to plan for a summative evaluation of the initiative. Key activities supported through this evaluation include: providing assistance to the coordinating center and RWJF for program design and data collection to ensure that the NJCC collects data that support program improvement and evaluation needs; and collecting qualitative data from stakeholders and providing RWJF, NJCC, and the stakeholders with rapid, formative feedback on the initiative's performance in the form of oral reports, short, targeted memos, and written reports. Project deliverables include brief "highlight" or summary memos on early findings and early lessons; targeted "response" memos to address specific queries from NJCC or RWJF staff related to this initiative or to other initiatives and evaluability assessments of the potential for evaluating innovative educational models. The project will be considered successful if the evaluators are able to provide useful, timely information to the program staff; if they are able to identify the critical events that led to alignment of interests, explain how interested parties got involved, and indicate how the initiative interacts with New Jersey and higher education politics; and if they identify and assess the feasibility of evaluating at least two innovative nursing education models in New Jersey.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $599,976.00

Awarded on: 12/17/2007

Time frame: 1/1/2008 - 12/31/2012

Grant Number: 63225


Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.

600 Alexander Park
P.O. Box 2393
Princeton, 08543-2393


Grace Farrell Roemer
Project Director