PAIC interviews were identified through random selection and include the following:
2 targeted undergraduate programs.
12 targeted graduate or postdoctoral programs.
4 targeted postdoctoral or junior faculty programs.
2 untargeted postdoctoral or junior faculty programs.
2 institutional awards that covered all levels.
A total of 47 PARI and 22 PAIC interviews were completed during the winter and spring of 2004. The interviews were transcribed and prepared as structured text files. No quantitative analyses of these interviews were intended. Staff reviewed these files and provided the committee with key observations that were used to inform its analyses at the undergraduate, graduate, postdoctoral, and junior faculty levels as well as the chapter on perspectives of NIH administrators.
Throughout both interview processes, however, interviewers did not always adhere to the study protocol. This was especially true for the PAIC interviews. In some instances, interviewees were told to speak about minority training programs in general, rather than focusing on a specific program or set of programs as the protocol dictated. Despite the committee’s request that interviewers review each transcript carefully before transmittal to the committee, it appears that this was also not done with diligence. Thus, despite having taped these many hour-long conversations, the interviews were frequently inaudible and not interpretable by the committee. As a result, potentially valuable information was lost. Unfortunately, time and budgetary constraints prohibited the recovery of these lost data.