Methods for Identifying Translational Researchers

Mary K. Feeney, Timothy Johnson, Eric W. Welch

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There is currently no generally accepted method for identifying the community of translational researchers when evaluating Clinical and Translational Science Centers. We use data from the multiyear evaluation of the University of Illinois at Chicago Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) to investigate the complexities of reliably identifying translational researchers. We use three methods to identify translational researchers: (1) participating in CCTS services and programs; (2) self-identifying as a translational researcher; and (3) engaging in activities that are characteristic of translational science. We find little overlap of these differently defined research groups. We conclude with a discussion of how the findings suggest challenges for evaluating translational science programs and the need for better definition, communication, and demonstration of translational science for scientists and evaluators.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-18
Number of pages16
JournalEvaluation and the Health Professions
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • CTSA
  • NIH
  • evaluation
  • surveys
  • translational

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy


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