Measurement of the Foundation's Progress

To ensure the American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation is achieving its goals, the Foundation takes actions to monitor the progress of its programs and operations. Evaluation procedures of the Foundation’s performance include:

  1. Quantitative measurement of the Foundation research funding.
    • Number of grants funded per year
    • Amount of funds distributed per year
  2. Evaluate the distribution of funded research projects in the Foundation’s grant portfolio. The Foundation’s portfolio is analyzed on multiple parameters:
    • Time period
      • Portfolio of currently active grants
      • Portfolio of grants funded in the past three years
      • Portfolio of grants since 1995
    • Research Program Area
      • Distribution across Research Program Areas (ex: oncology, neurology, dermatology)
      • Distribution within a single Research Program Area (ex: oncology – osteosarcoma, melanoma, lymphoma)
      • Distribution across type of research (ex: Genetic Research, Clinical Treatment, Diagnostic Tools, Epidemiology)
      • Research which is clearly applicable to human medicine
    • Grant Type
      • Portfolio of Oak grants
      • Portfolio of Acorn grants
    • Canine Health Concerns
      • Comparison to the health concern priorities obtained through the Foundation’s health polls and surveys
  3. Monitor the progress of the Foundation’s funded research project through mandated bi-annual grant reports. These reports are used to:
    • Compare the progress to the original study design
    • Identify potential problems or delays in the research
    • Ensure grant funds are utilized according to the approved budget
    • Provide non-confidential lay summaries to sponsors of individual projects
    • Determine if the Foundation must take action for projects not performing to Foundation’s expectations. Projects may be cancelled based on conditions as outlined in the grant agreement.
  4. Evaluate the results of funded research after a grant is completed.
    • Number of scientific publications resulting from the grant
    • Impact factor and number of citations of publications resulting from a grant
    • Additional grant funding received based on results from a grant
    • Health advancements utilized in practice for today’s dogs
    • Ascertainable translations to human medicine
  5. Evaluate the canine health communication outreach by measuring:
    • Number of participants in symposia and conferences
    • Participant evaluations of symposia and conferences
    • Number of newsletters distributed
    • Volume of email distribution
    • Online metrics:
      • Foundation’s website traffic
      • Multimedia downloads including podcasts, webinars, and videos
  6. Evaluate the financial stability of the Foundation through:
    • Financial reporting and financial statements
    • Annual external audit
    • Budget comparisons and analysis

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