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Evaluating the Impact and Effectiveness of New Connections: Increasing Diversity of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Programming, June 2011 - February 2012

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Lee, Kien S. (Community Science, Inc.)
  • Millett, Ricardo (Community Science, Inc.)
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Free Keywords
academic careers; cultural diversity; foundations; grants; health care; historically underrepresented minorities; leadership; philanthropy; training
  • Abstract

    The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) began its New Connections Program in 2005, motivated by the belief that high-quality research and evaluation that addresses the nation's health demands diverse perspectives. As of December 2011, New Connections has supported the career development of 100 grantees: junior researchers and mid-career professionals from historically disadvantaged and underrepresented communities. In addition, the program has provided overall support to a larger network of over 1,200 scholars from these same communities. This study comprises data from three surveys that were conducted as part of the evaluation of New Connections: the Grantee Process Survey, Grantee Network Survey, and Larger Network Survey. The Grantee Process Survey interviewed New Connections grantees about their accomplishments and participation in professional activities, confidence in various abilities before and after they became grantees, satisfaction with support from New Connections, the extent to which New Connections improved their knowledge and skills, and the extent to which they agreed or disagreed that the program affected their ability to obtain their current position or made them more influential in their work settings. The Grantee Network Survey questioned New Connections grantees about the persons from whom they would seek support, guidance, or information; expertise; work with; or communicate with about what they needed to be successful in their current positions and to advance in their careers (e.g., to get tenure, a promotion, or a leadership position). The Larger Network Survey interviewed members of the larger network about their participation in New Connections activities, their interactions with New Connections grantees and the larger network, the extent to which the program improved their knowledge and skills, the extent to which they agreed or disagreed that New Connections affected their ability to obtain their current position, and their satisfaction with the program. There is a separate data file for each survey. Together with the survey responses, all three files include information from the program's administrative records, such as the highest degree earned, institution type, field of work, race and Hispanic ethnicity, first generation college student status, and low income status. In addition, the Grantee Process Survey data file contains variables derived from the respondents' curriculum vitae that show the number of grantee presentations and publications before, during, and after the New Connection grants.
  • Methods

    ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection: Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes..
  • Table of Contents


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: Grantee Process Survey
    • DS2: Grantee Network Survey
    • DS3: Larger Network Survey
Temporal Coverage
  • 2011-06 / 2012-02
    Time period: 2011-06--2012-02
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
RWJF New Connections grantees and the larger network of historically underrepresented scholars.
The Grantee Process and Network Surveys sought to interview all New Connections grantees who participated in the program between 2006 until early 2011. The Larger Network Survey interviewed a sample of New Connections' applicants and event participants who represented the larger network.
Collection Mode
  • record abstracts, web-based survey

    The Grantee Process Survey data file and Grantee Network Survey data file can be linked by matching on the common identification variable ID.

Funding insitution(s): Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (68785).
One or more files in this study are not available for download due to special restrictions; consult the study documentation to learn more on how to obtain the data.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 34311 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR34311.v1
  • Davis, Danielle J., Chaney, Cassandra, Edwards, LaWanda, Thompson-Rogers, G. Kaye, Gines, Kathryn. Academe as extreme sport: Black women, faculty development, and networking. Negro Educational Review.62/63, (1-4), 167-187.2011.

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-16

Lee, Kien S.; Millett, Ricardo (2012): Evaluating the Impact and Effectiveness of New Connections: Increasing Diversity of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Programming, June 2011 - February 2012. Archival Version. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.