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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