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Tracking and Evaluation Core

The Tracking and Evaluation Core produces and analyzes in-depth information on the progress of mCCTR components and programs toward short- and long term goals; their success in completing performance milestones; demand, function, utilization, and effectiveness of CCTR initiatives; decision making processes and effectiveness of resource sharing, allocation of resources, and leveraging of additional resources; outreach and dissemination of MCCTR resources, services, and accomplishments; capacity building, strategic partnership growth and sustainability; and anticipated impediments. The core assesses whether MCCTR activities are implemented as planned and measures their impact, and identifies and monitors the strengths and weaknesses of each program and service.

The mission of the MCCTR Tracking and Evaluation Core is to help determine whether the MCCTR is well implemented, efficiently managed, and demonstrably effective. Its goal is to provide the prospective and retrospective information necessary to course-correct the initiatives and management of the MCCTR when necessary.

Core leadership

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Merry L. Lindsey, PhD, Tracking and Evaluation Core Leader

Dr. Lindsey is Professor of Physiology and Medicine and Director of the Mississippi Center for Heart Research.
  • Sue Downey, MPA, Evaluation Specialist: Ms. Downey is the president of Wordsmith Grantwriting LLC.
  • Elizabeth Flynn, Tracking Manager


Core faculty

  • Merry L. Lindsey, PhD
    Professor of Physiology and Medicine
    Director of the Mississippi Center for Heart Research