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comprehensive and up to date. It was perceived that although the external review was intellectually more rigorous, it appeared that decision-makers evaluating the program saw the sophisticated statistical analyses as too complicated and perhaps obfuscatory. The simple results and personal testaments provided by the less involved internal analyses seemed to have more impact.


The authors thank Dr. Anh-Chi Le for her help in preparing the presentation and manuscript.


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