Program Evaluations

In 1999, CBCRP staff and Council created a committee to develop a formal evaluation of CBCRP’s funding efforts. Comprised of both staff and council members, the Evaluation Committee has accomplished the following:

• Investigated standard methods to evaluate the outcomes of research funding.
• Surveyed the CBCRP's 2000 Peer Reviewers.
• Drafted an evaluation plan to guide both the short-term and long-term evaluation strategy for the CBCRP.
• Created evaluation models encompassing CBCRP's seven major program activities.
• Conducted a pilot evaluation study focusing on the first four years of the Postdoctoral Fellowship awards.
• Implemented a process evaluation to improve implementation of the Community Research Collaboration Awards.
• Assessed the career impact and outcomes from the first five years of the New Investigator Award program.
• Conducted a preliminary evaluation of the Innovative, Developmental and Exploratory Awards (IDEAS).
• Conducted process evaluation studies of the biennial Research Symposium that provided input to the Outreach committee and staff to improve the Symposium.
• Conducted a process evaluation of the Advisory Council Priority-Setting Process.
• Created an exit interview process for outgoing Advisory Council members to assess and improve participation on the Council.
• Oversaw the implementation of an in-depth outcome evaluation study of the Community Research Collaboration Awards.

 

New Funding Strategy for the California Breast Cancer Research Program: The Way Forward

In March 2010, the program completed a three-year evaluation, wherein the question was asked, “How can the Program best leverage California resources to make an impact on breast cancer?” The CBCRP’s governing body, the Breast Cancer Research Council, reviewed the successes of the existing funding strategy; conducted an intensive data analysis of efforts by other breast cancer research funders; and gathered input from breast cancer advocates, researchers, clinicians, and policymakers. Balanced against the challenge of declining funding, the council identified opportunities where the CBCRP could fill critical gaps in research that would enable the program to best meet its goals. HTML Version


Understanding the Impact: Second Evaluation of the CBCRP Postdoctoral Fellowship Awards

This 2009 report is a follow up to the 2001 evaluation of the CBCRP Postdoctoral Fellowship awards. The results assessed the short-term outcomes of funding, built and expanded data from the first study to provide a more complete picture of the award program, and developed recommendations for improving the CBCRP Postdoctoral Fellowship awards. HTML Version

Funding the First Step: An Evaluation of the CBCRP Dissertation Awards

This 2008 report evaluates the Dissertation Award mechanism, which supports graduate students completing either their Masters or Doctoral-level dissertation research. The CBCRP's advisory Breast Cancer Research Council uses periodic evaluations to assess outcomes of funded awards and to improve the Program's funding mechanisms. HTML Version




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Transforming Partnerships: The Relationship Between Collaboration and Outcomes in the CRC Awards

Transforming Partnerships: The Relationship Between Collaboration and Outcomes in the Community Research Collaboration Awards

This evaluation report describes the relationship between the strength of collaborations in the community/academic partnerships and the research outcomes from projects funded through the California Breast Cancer Research Program’s Community Research Collaboration awards (CRC awards). It is based on an evaluation of awards granted from 1998-1999.The purpose of the evaluation was to determine the outcomes of the research grants and whether particular characteristics of partnership collaboration influenced the achievement of outcomes. HTML Version


Transforming Research: An Evaluation of the Community Research Collaboration Awards

In 2004, Marj Plumb and Associates conducted a follow-up evaluation to examine the impact and outcomes of the CRC Awards on both the academic and community partners who conducted the research, the communities they serve, and on health services and policy. The evaluation focused on Community Based Participatory Research, the research process used in the CRC Awards. The impact and outcomes of the CRC Awards were also assessed through the quality of the research in areas such as recruitment and retention; research methods; data analysis; and dissemination. Future evaluations will examine the characteristics of the collaborations, and the influence of these characteristics on the outcomes of the research. HTML Version


Download Now Assessing Direction and Outcomes: Evaluating the New Investigator Awards

Assessing Direction and Outcomes: Evaluating the New Investigator Awards

This report evaluates the CBCRP's New Investigator Awards granted during cycles I - V (1995 - 2001). The purpose of the evaluation was to assess the influence that the award had on the career development of the recipients and to collect feedback that will improve the New Investigator award program. This report describes the goals, methods, and findings of the evaluation and provides recommendations to improve the program. HTML Version


Download Now Understanding the Impact: Evaluating the Postdoctoral Fellowship Awards

Understanding the Impact: Evaluating the Postdoctoral Fellowship Awards

This report describes the background, methods, findings and recommendations from a 2001 study assessing the outcomes from the first four years of the CBCRP's postdoctoral fellowship award program. Thirty-nine previous grantees participated in the study. Results include the current career and employment of respondents, the reported impact of the CBCRP fellowship on the respondents' career, outcomes from the research conducted with CBCRP funds, and feedback about CBCRP. HTML Version


Download Now Looking Back, Looking Forward: Surveying CBCRP Reviewers

Looking Back, Looking Forward: Surveying CBCRP Reviewers

This report summarizes the findings from a 2000 survey of CBCRP peer reviewers. Findings include reviewers' assessments of the CBCRP's priority areas, award types, scoring procedures, and inclusion of breast cancer advocates in the review process. HTML Version


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Community Research Collaboration Awards: Report on the Evaluation and Capacity Expansion Project

In May 2000, the CBCRP began a process of evaluating the CRC Award's program/funding mechanism. The consulting firm Marj Plumb and Associates interviewed awardees and applicants who had not received funding to assess the strengths and weaknesses of the CRC Awards. HTML Version


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Can the Women Most Affected by Breast Cancer Be Equal Partners in Designing and Conducting Breast Cancer Research?

This is the Executive Summary from the evaluation report "Community Research Collaboration Awards, Report on the Evaluation & Capacity Expansion Project", September 2001. It gives an overview of the CRC Awards, lists the 22 projects funded between 1997 and 2001, and summarizes the major findings. HTML Version


The CBCRP welcomes input into our efforts to evaluate the outcomes of the research we fund. For more information or to comment, please contact: feedback@cabreastcancer.org.