178745 Changing the landscape of funding: Collaborations that leverage resources to reach populations most in need

Monday, October 27, 2008: 4:30 PM

Evelyn T. González, MA , NCI's Atlantic Region Cancer Information Service, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, PA
Cynthia A. Vinson, MPA , Research Dissemination and Diffusion, National Cancer Institute, Behtesda, MD
Madeline La Porta, MS , National Cancer Institute, Office of Commuication and Education, Office of Partnerships and Dissemination Initiatives, Rockville, MD
Catherine Oliveros, MPH, DrPH , Health Sciences, Susan G Komen for the Cure, Dallas, TX
Ginny Thompson, MPH, CHES , The National Cancer Institute's Cancer Information Service, M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
Purpose: Demonstrate how a national partnership between the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and Susan G. Komen for the Cure is changing public health practice by building capacity to use tools for evidence-based program planning.

Design and Methods: NCI's Cancer Information Service (CIS) is working with Susan G. Komen for the Cure to leverage resources to ensure that funding dollars reach populations most in need. In collaboration with NCI's Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS), the CIS is conducting training on the use of evidence-based program planning tools such as Consumer Health Profiles and Cancer Control P.L.A.N.E. T, as well as piloting a new web portal called PRIME (Program Resources for Implementation, Management and Evaluation). Through its regional Partnership Program CIS is building the capacity of grantees to write successful evidence-based grant applications and adapt interventions using NCI's education program, Using What Works.

Results: Two NCI CIS regions and Komen Affiliates in Texas and New Jersey used data-driven grant solicitations to expand service areas, increased the number of grants submitted with measurable objectives and evidence-based strategies, and used novel ways to create incentives for grantees whose grant applications are evidence-based. Evaluation data from two partnerships will be presented.

Conclusions: Evidence-based interventions can stretch scarce funding resources by focusing dollars on interventions that have been shown to work. Changing the funding culture requires a multi-level approach that engages funding organizations at national and local levels, as well as their grantees, and builds capacity for using evidence-based program planning tools.

Learning Objectives:
Describe how evidence-based program planning methods and tools are being used by NCI and national funding organizations such as Susan G. Komen for The Cure to target grant solicitations to populations most in need. Discuss how funders are using incentives to encourage submission of evidence-based grant applications. Identify tools grantees can use to build their capacity to write evidence-based grant applications. Describe how collaborations can foster a change in the funding culture and help community based organizations stretch funding dollars through the use of evidence-based interventions.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am currently employed by the National Cancer Institute as a Public Health Advisor. In this role, I collaborate with national, state and local level organizations to help move research into practice.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.