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Research and Evaluation

Recognizing the complexity and multidimensionality of issues related to human resource development and human and social capital in the biomedical, behavioral science and high demand STEM fields, Converge is guided by Diversity Inclusion: A New Systems-Based Institutional Transformation Framework. The Diversity Inclusion Framework is built on the desire to transform institutions so that they can more fully capture and leverage the human and social capital required to achieve mission. Diversity Inclusion is about the collective capacity of an institution to achieve its mission.

Proactive, targeted, integrated, collaborative and measurable long-term policy, research, practice and communication strategies are required to accomplish the goals of achieving a diverse workforce and an inclusive society.

As DICP’s research and evaluation arm, Converge conducts research studies aimed at providing data as evidence from which knowledge-based interventions can be developed. For example, its NIH-funded RO1, with the Departments of Medicine at BIDMC, BWH and MGH, faculty networks are being examined, specifically, how the connections and collaborations are formed and the effects of networks on faculty retention and advancement. In conjunction with HMS Catalyst, a mixed method, exploratory sequential study is in progress that is designed to understand the influence of medical school teaching and learning environment on the training choices and outcomes of medical students and residents as these decisions can influence career intentions regarding an academic research track.  Also underway is a compendium that broadly relates to emotional exhaustion in the professional work environment and which provides the foundation for creating a multi-item scale that more fully addresses the spectrum of emotional exhaustion among diverse populations. For the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) this group includes “those racial and ethnic populations that are underrepresented in the medical profession relative to their numbers in the general population” (URiMs). Through HMS CRICO and in conjunction with the HMS Office for Academic and Clinical Affairs (ACA), Converge is providing evaluation and monitoring support on a pilot project designed to transform the search process for senior administrators.