Cancer plan self-assessment tool
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    Purpose: The Cancer Plan Self-Assessment Tool is easy to complete and allows users to evaluate the comprehensiveness of their plan. The components and indicators identified in this tool are not an exhaustive list of items that should be included in a cancer plan, but they are critical to CDC. Users may need to include additional components and/or indicators to meet the needs of their stakeholders. Use of this tool is not mandatory. However, if you do apply it to your plan, please share your results with your program consultant as s/he may provide some additional guidance.

    Intended Users: This tool was created by CDC/Comprehensive Cancer Control Branch staff for Comprehensive Cancer Control program directors and cancer coalition members to assist them with revising or assessing the State/Territory/Tribe/Pacific Island Jurisdiction cancer plan (referred to as “jurisdiction” throughout this document). Introduction

    Background: The cancer plan self-assessment tool was adapted from CDC’s Cancer Plan Index.* The Cancer Plan Index is a tool developed to review CCC plans and assess their level of comprehensiveness on the basis of selected topic areas, including goals, objectives, and strategies. The CDC Cancer Plan Index Study was completed in collaboration with Research Triangle Institute, Inc. in 2008.1 Since the Cancer Plan Index was developed, NCCCP has implemented new priority areas (see Appendix A) and modified performance measures for CCC grantees. This self-assessment tool incorporates the CDC/NCCCP priorities and updated measures. To read more about the Cancer Plan Index see Appendix B.

    Description: The self-assessment tool has eight core components (description of the process used to develop the plan, goals, objectives, strategies, stakeholder involvement, presentation of data on disease burden, reduction of cancer disparities, evaluation, and additional descriptive items). Seven of the components were identified in the CPI as key elements of cancer control planning. Grouped within each component are corresponding indicators that reflect plan attributes and planning processes.

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