219417 Evaluation of Louisiana's Comprehensive Cancer Control Program

Monday, November 8, 2010

Donna Lisa Williams, MS, MPH, DrPH , School of Public Health, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, New Orleans, LA
Melody Robinson, MPH , School of Public Health, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, New Orleans, LA
Comprehensive cancer control (CCC) is “an integrated and coordinated approach to reduce cancer incidence, morbidity and mortality through prevention, early detection, treatment, rehabilitation and palliation.” The cornerstone of Louisiana CCC is partnerships and the state plan. Ongoing evaluation of the partnerships, progress in implementing the plan, and the impact of the plan is necessary to assess effectiveness, Methods: The partnerships are evaluated on the level of involvement and satisfaction of members on domains such as: respect, power, agreed upon goals, and communication. Evaluating the progress toward the strategies in the plan is accomplished through in depth interviews with lead partners. Areas explored include: project timelines; next steps; barriers preventing accomplishment of activities; and revisions to the strategy necessary to enable accomplishment. The impact of the plan is evaluated by using short, intermediate, and long term outcomes. Each outcome is accompanied by a quantitative measure such as data available through the state tumor registry and Behavior Risk Factor Surveillance Survey. Results: Ongoing and midcourse evaluation revealed accomplishments in achieving the objectives of CCC plan. It also revealed shortcoming in the implementation process and specific strategies in need of correction or no longer feasible. For example, as a result of evaluating 82 strategies midway through the five year life of the plan, six were considered no longer feasible. Conclusion: A multifaceted evaluation plan is a vital part of CCC. It helps assure strong partnerships and allows correction of strategies when necessary, keeping the process on track toward achieving the goals and objectives.

Learning Areas:
Chronic disease management and prevention
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Program planning

Learning Objectives:
Describe a multifaceted evaluation plan. Compare three evaluation techniques.

Keywords: Planning, Cancer

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Because I am the director of statewide cancer control programs.
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.