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NCI Community Cancer Centers Program Evaluation (NCCCP)

Pilot Program Evaluation

On September 10, 2007, NCI awarded a contract to RTI InternationalExternal Web Site Policy to evaluate the National Cancer Institute's Community Cancer Centers Program (NCCCP). This three-year pilot program consists of 16 community-based cancer centers across the country that are testing the feasibility of bringing the latest scientific advances in biospecimen collection, clinical trial accrual, and information system technology, and the highest level of innovative and evidence-based cancer care to cancer patients and survivors in their home communities. Over the past 3.5 years, RTI has been responsible for conducting comparative case studies, a cost study, a patient survey, and patient focus groups. The focus groups are designed to provide an in-depth understanding of patients' perspectives about their care at the Cancer Centers. The qualitative findings will complement the patient survey data, exploring topics in greater depth. RTI also will provide ongoing feedback to NCI leadership on overall program development.

On August 12th, 2009, the NCCCP received funding through the NIH Evaluation Office to conduct a comparative analysis of NCCCP sites with comparable community cancer centers external to the NCCCP. This analysis will build on the ongoing evaluation by understanding how the NCCCP has enhanced cancer care delivery to patients.

2010 Awardee Evaluation

As a result of funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), in 2010 the NCCCP expanded the original pilot network from 16 to 30 hospitals in 22 states. A new evaluation is planned for the 14 additional sites.


Last Modified: 18 Oct 2013