This paper presents the results of four telephone surveys conducted by the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI), University of Pennsylvania, as part of its evaluation of the Pew National Dental Education Program (PNDEP), a five year, +4F8.7 million program established by The Pew Charitable Trusts to help dental schools respond to the changing health care environment. The four annual surveys were conducted between 1985 and 1988. The interviews were conducted with the deans from nearly all dental schools operating in the United States at the time of study or the principal investigators of the schools funded under Phase I and Phase II PNDEP grants. Their purpose was to determine the level of each school's involvement in PNDEP and in specific strategic planning activities, as well as to evaluate the impact of the Pew Program on both the individual schools and dental education nationwide. All systematic differences between schools funded (FD) PNDEP and those not funded (NFD) were examined. Overall, schools gained a better understanding of their environment. Schools also reported increased participation in and commitment to planning among their different constituencies (e.g., faculty, administration, students, alumni). By the end of Phase I, more PNDEP Phase I funded schools reported being involved in implementing strategic plans. Funded schools also were more likely to report PNDEP increased their understanding of strategic planning, improved communication, and helped encourage the emergence of new leaders.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Journal of dental education|
|State||Published - May 1991|
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