Conducting summative and formative evaluations of the RWJF Summer Medical and Dental Education Program

The Foundation's Summer Medical and Dental Education Program was designed to develop and implement a six-week academic enrichment program for undergraduate college students from minority groups, from rural areas, and from economically disadvantaged backgrounds who are interested in pursuing careers in medicine or dentistry.This grant supports an evaluation of the Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP). The evaluation will include two components: a summative evaluation, to establish the impact of the program in terms of its ultimate goal of contributing to increasing the representation of individuals of minority and disadvantaged backgrounds in medicine and dentistry, and a formative assessment, to look at: (1) what factors and components contribute to the success of SMDEP; and (2) whether SMDEP participation has spillover effects at the 12 participating institutions. Results from this project will inform the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), the national program office and the field of the impact of this program on students and the institutions where it takes place. In addition, this evaluation will help identify the specific components of the program that other schools might replicate. Deliverables will include interim and final written reports, a journal article, and presentations at an SMDEP annual meeting.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $324,998.00

Awarded on: 6/13/2012

Time frame: 7/1/2012 - 6/30/2014

Grant Number: 70194


Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.

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P.O. Box 2393
Princeton, 08543-2393


Clemencia Cosentino
Project Director