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Washington: National Cancer Research Collaboration Demonstrates Real-World Impact

A new paper led by University of Washington School of Public Health researchers uses an adapted framework to capture the scientific impact of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network (CPCRN). The study found that CPCRN activities demonstrate real-world impact beyond peer-reviewed publications.

The CPCRN is a strategic collaborative effort focused on accelerating the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based cancer prevention and control interventions to communities. To measure CPCRN’s impact, researchers used the CDC’s Science Impact Framework that focused on five areas: disseminating science, creating awareness, catalyzing action, affecting change and shaping the future.

Lead author Dr. Linda Ko, an associate professor in the Department of Health Services at the UW School of Public Health and affiliate investigator at the School’s Health Promotion Research Center (HPRC), said: “Disseminating science can create awareness of research knowledge and expertise. Increased awareness, in turn, can lead to collaboration that catalyzes action through advocacy, training, practice improvement and new research. These efforts then effect change in capacities, practices and policies with the potential to shape future health outcomes.”

The paper is part of a supplemental issue of the Preventive Medicine journal, published December 2019.  Dr. Wendy Barrington, an adjunct associate professor of epidemiology and health services at the UW School of Public Health and an affiliate investigator at the HPRC, was first author on a separate paper in the supplement. HPRC Director Dr. Peggy Hannon was a guest editor for the supplement and co-author on two papers.

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