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Published 2019 | Version v1.0.0
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Efforts to implement a participatory evaluation plan for Comprehensive Partnerships to Advance Cancer Health Equity

Holmes, Kristi


Collaborative poster, presented at the AACR meeting:Poster Session D; Abstract Number: D041; Poster Session Location: Imperial; Poster Session Date and Time: Sunday, September 22 from 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.; Authored by McIntyre, J.1; Peral, S.L.2; Dodd, S.J.3; Behar-Horenstein, L.S.4; Madanat, H.5; Shain, A.A.6; De Jess, S.7; Laurila, K.8; Robinett, H.R.9 ;Holmes, K.L.10; Aguila, N.H.11; Marzan, M.1; Spychala, L.12; Barrios, A.5; Rivers, D.2; Loest, H.B.13; Drennan, M.13; Suiter, S.V.14; Richey, J.M.4; Brown, T.4; Webb, L.2; Hubbard, K.12; Scarinci, I.C. 21Ponce Health Sciences University-Moffitt Cancer Center Partnership; 2Morehouse School of Medicine-Tuskegee University-ONeal Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Partnership; 3Temple University-Fox Chase Cancer Center, Hunter College Partnership; 4University of Florida-Florida A&M University-University of Southern California-Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center CaRE2 Health Equity Center; 5San Diego State University-University of California San Diego Moores Cancer Center Partnership; 6University of Massachusetts Boston and Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center Partnership; 7University of Puerto Rico-MD Anderson Cancer Center Partnership; 8Partnership for Native American Cancer Prevention; 9University of Guam-University of Hawaii Cancer Center Partnership; 10Chicago Cancer Health Equity Collaborative; 11Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities, National Cancer Institute; 12City College of New York and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Partnership; 13New Mexico State University-Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Partnership; 14Meharry Medical College-Vanderbilt-lngram Cancer Center-Tennessee State University Cancer Partnership


Introduction: Comprehensive Partnerships to Advance Cancer Health Equity (CPACHE) aim to create stable and long-term partnerships between minority serving institutions and NCI designated Cancer Centers. All CPACHEs are expected to achieve the following objectives: 1) Increase participation of minority serving institutions and underrepresented students in the nations cancer research and training enterprise; 2) Produce more competitive grant applications from underrepresented scientists; 3) Increase competitive research capacity at minority serving institutions; 4) Increase involvement and effectiveness of cancer centers in research and training related to underserved populations; 5) Develop more effective research, outreach, and education programs that will have an impact on health disparity populations; and 6) Enhance research in cancer health disparities at cancer centers. Evaluation is a key component to successful and sustainable partnerships. In recent years, funding agencies have called for a collaborative approach among partnerships. This abstract describes collaborative efforts undertaken to implement a participatory evaluation plan for CPACHEs.Methods: During a grantee workshop in July, 2018 Principal Investigators determined it was imperative to develop common metrics to support individual partnership evaluation and enable a better understanding of the CPACHE program nationally. A taskforce comprised of evaluators from each partnership and one NCI Program representative was established. The goals of the taskforce were: 1) To develop an integrated evaluation matrix with process and impact outcomes for each of the six objectives 2) To share best practices and resources for tracking, measuring and reporting progress toward each objective. Results: During a six month period, the CPACHE taskforce has made significant progress toward achieving its goals by: 1) Establishing communication channels, including a mailing list and monthly conference calls; 2) Mobilizing each partnership to develop a program specific evaluation matrix; 3) Developing an integrated evaluation matrix utilizing common metrics; 4) Using an NIH-supported online platform to exchange tools used for tracking and measuring outcomes; 5) Vetting the evaluation matrix with leadership at NCI and individual program PIs; 6) Utilizing surveys to facilitate discussion and inform best practices; and 7) Establishing a model of shared participation by allowing taskforce members to facilitate meetings, and discuss objectives one at a time.Conclusion: The collaborative development of CPACHE performance standards will help each partnership conduct more relevant and effective cancer research, training, outreach, and education aimed at advancing cancer health equity. Significant engagement, participation, and commitment from all stakeholders is critical for a successful evaluation process. Implementation of the evaluation matrix will inform NCI evaluation focused on the impact of the CPACHE program.


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