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Comparative Case Studies

For the case studies, RTI will conduct site visits during each of the three years of program implementation to obtain in-depth information about aspects of each program's design, development, and implementation. During the first year of site visits, RTI will focus on addressing key evaluation questions such as:

  • How is the program set up in the hospital or hospital system?
  • What are the planned activities for the coming year to address NCCCP objectives (e.g., clinical trials accrual)?
  • What is the existing infrastructure to facilitate each of these planned activities?
  • What barriers or facilitators do sites expect to encounter as they move forward with their implementation plans?
  • What are the hospitals' plans for the CCCPs' ongoing operation? How do they plan to maintain and institutionalize program elements?

To prepare for the site visits, RTI will draft protocols based on the evaluation plan in order to collect data from four (or five, for systems-based sites) primary groups of individuals, including:

  • hospital leaders and management staff;
  • NCCCP leaders (i.e., including leads for each component such as the IT expert) and cancer program staff;
  • key program medical staff (e.g., surgeons);
  • clinical support staff;
  • community members (e.g., partners, referring physicians, hospice staff);
  • system staff, if a systems-based site; and
  • patients and/or caregivers.

Before each site visit, RTI will review documents available from each site, such as the project application and progress reports, and abstract information into a qualitative database for coding and analysis over the three years. Each year, RTI will develop individual site reports and incorporate findings from the case study into an annual evaluation report.

Last Modified: 18 Oct 2013