Measurement of the Foundation's Progress

To ensure the American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation (CHF) 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. Quantitatively measure 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 since 1995
    • Research Program Area
      • Distribution across Research Program Areas (ex: oncology, neurology, dermatology)
      • Distribution of diseases within a single Research Program Area (ex: neurology - degenerative myelopathy, MUE/MUO)
      • Research with clear One Health applications
    • Grant Type
      • Portfolio of Oak grants
      • Portfolio of Acorn grants
    • Canine Health Concerns
  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 and ensure compliance with all CHF policies
    • Identify potential problems or delays in the research and allow opportunities for assistance (e.g. study participation and recruitment)
    • 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 canine health communication outreach by measuring:
    • Number of participants attending symposia and conferences
    • Participant evaluations of symposia and conferences
    • Number of newsletters distributed
    • Volume and effectiveness of email distribution
    • Online metrics:
      • Foundation’s website traffic
      • Webinar registrations
  6. Evaluate the financial stability of the Foundation through:
    • Financial reporting and statements
    • Annual external audit
    • Budget comparisons and analysis
    • Demonstrated fiscal responsibility with GuideStar and Charity Navigator ratings

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