The NBME research enterprise provides new information for use in enhancing existing products, developing new products, informing best practices, and aiding evidence-based decisions at both programmatic and institutional levels. While NBME’s research is spread throughout the organization, prioritizing and managing research is the responsibility of the Office of Research (TOR) and the Research Implementation Committee (RIC). Together, TOR and RIC ensure the alignment of NBME research with institutional priorities. Current projects include investigations related to the assessment of new constructs, test score scaling and equating, score reporting and feedback, validity, group differences, and other areas.
The Office of Research also administers the Stemmler Medical Education Research Fund, which provides grants to medical schools for innovative projects in assessment as it relates to medical education and practice.