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midyear meeting in February 2000 with Fellows from the summer 1999 institute, we confirmed the difficulty of many schools to free-up a three-member team and fund expenses for an entire week (travel, salary, and per diem only; the Macy Foundation grant underwrote program costs). Because of this, we reconsidered whether to keep the 5-day format for subsequent institutes, and decided to change to an annual 2-day conference beginning with 2001.

In addition to program evaluation, the APRTs were asked to track, through a quarterly reporting system, accomplishment of their own goals as well as several critical indicators of successful practice development. Each school had submitted initial objectives for participation in the program and was asked to refine those objectives by the end of the institute. Critical indicators were identified to measure such things as practice fiscal viability, planning operations, educational integration, research integration, and organizational viability.

Participating schools were encouraged to keep a database on these indicators, to be used in developing their quarterly and annual reports and in building institutional and extramural support for their practice mission. The reports were meant to measure each school’s progress in meeting goals set by the APRTs during the summer institute. A detailed description of the evaluation and outcomes will appear in a subsequent article.

Conclusion and Next Steps

In its first 2 years, the Penn Macy Initiative prepared a critical mass of Fellows from 21 research-intensive schools of nursing across the United States. These Fellows have been increasingly visible at the annual AACN faculty practice conference in providing consultation to peer schools, and in publications regarding their work. The two initial week-long institutes have evolved to an annual 2-day conference, electronic listserv, Web-based knowledge center and discussion board, and fee-for-service consultation accessed through the Web site (http://www.pennmacy.com). New alliances are planned that will facilitate collaborative research and program development. Thus, the Penn Macy Initiative promises to continue providing impetus, leadership, and resources for academic nursing practice in the years to come.

Acknowledgments The authors thank Anne Rhome of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, and the Regional Nursing Centers Consortium of the Delaware Valley. The authors also thank Jennifer Conway for her brilliant editorial advice and assistance.

Author’s final copy prior to publication. See J Prof Nurs 18(2):63-69, March-April 2002, for the copy of record. Copyright 2002, Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

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