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Table 4 Program-related and system-wide logic model outcomes which can be applied as a framework to guide the evaluation of Summer Student Research Programs

From: Exploring medically-related Canadian summer student research programs: a National Cross-sectional Survey Study

Program-Related Outcomes (Proximal Outcomes)
Short, intermediate and long-term benefits of program activities
For Students:
 • Improved research knowledge and skills
 • Enhanced self-efficacy and identity as a researcher
 • Resume building for future jobs/professional school applications/residency
 • Managing commonly faced realities of research (e.g. tight research deadlines, limited resources, etc.)
 • Improve writing and oral presentation ability
 • Improved knowledge of topics presented within curriculum
 • Strengthen professional network and support systems
 • Increase confidence and interest in conducting research
 • Earlier identification of medicine/surgical specialty interests (e.g., geriatrics, rural, radiology)
 • Increased awareness of research application
 • Evidence of continued commitment to developing a research career
 • Subsequent research initiated that includes networks developed during SSRP
 • Experiential learning: broadening/reinforcing learning through completion of a subsequent research project
 • Improve role transition into clinician-scientist§
 • Foster and strengthen interest to pursue postgraduate research training/degree(s) §
 • Community of practice that supports research career development §
 • Community of SSRP graduates who promote research by giving back to their program ¥
For Supervisors:
 • Networking for mentors
 • Strengthening mentorship skills (e.g., providing feedback, setting expectations)
 • Research team management skills
 • Subsequent graduate student recruitment/supervision of SSRP students‡§
For Program:
 • Demonstrating recognition and value of research
 • Forming a community of researchers (faculty and trainees)
 • Refinement of goal setting and evaluative strategies
 • Developing future research leaders§
System-Wide Impacts (Distal Outcomes)
 • Increase number of clinician-scientists§
 • Increase researcher diversity§
 • Increase knowledge translation§
 • Program graduates who are editors of journals§
  1. Short (≤1 year), intermediate (1–3 year) and §long-term (≥3 years) outcomes provided