The Innovation Scorecard for Continuous Improvement Applied to Translational Science




Kotarba, Joseph A.
Wooten, Kevin

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Association for Clinical and Translational Science


Introduction: This paper reports on the baseline stage of a qualitative evaluation of the application of the Innovative Scorecard (ISC) to the Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) at Galveston. The ISC is adopted from the established Balanced Scorecard system for strategic planning and performance management. In formulating the evaluation, we focused on the organizational identity literature. Methods: The initial evaluation consisted of a series of semi-structured interviews with 22 participants of the ISC Boot Camp conducted in July 2015. Results: The logic of grounded theory pointed to the clustering of perceptions of the ISC around respondents' occupational locations at UTMB. Administrators anticipate the expansion of planning activities to include a wider range of participants under the current CTSA award period (2015-2020) than under our first CTSA approval period (2009-2014). A common viewpoint among the senior scientists was that the scientific value of their work will continue to speak for itself without requiring the language of business. Junior scientists looked forward to the ISC's emphasis on increasingly horizontal leadership that will give them more access to and more control over their work and resources. Postdocs and senior staff welcomed increased involvement in the total research process at UTMB. Conclusion: The report concludes with strategies for future follow-up.



clinical and translational science award, innovation scorecard, organizational identity, qualitative evaluation, translational science, Sociology


Kotarba, J. A., & Wooten, K. (2017). The innovation scorecard for continuous improvement applied to translational science. Journal of Clinical and Translational Science, 1(5), pp. 296–300.


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