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Building Cancer Control Capacity: a Mixed-Method Evaluation of the Research to Reality (R2R) Mentorship Program

The figure depicts the framework for the Research to Reality (R2R) Mentorship Program showing 4 boxes that are connected with unidirectional arrows going from left to right.

Beginning on the left, there is a box outlining the problem that the program attempts to address. The problem is that translation of evidence-based interventions (EBIs) into successful program delivery remains a challenge. Evidence-based decision making is influenced by 1) resources, including practitioner expertise/skills; 2) available research evidence; and 3) population characteristics, needs, values, and preferences.  

The first influencer listed (resources, including practitioner expertise) is highlighted in green, and there is an arrow from there to the second box in the diagram. This box is a large circle, entitled “Experiential Learning”; this large circle contains 3 smaller interconnected circles, each indicating 1 of the 3 components of the program: 1) online community platform, 2) mentorship and mentee project, and 3) training and support.  

An arrow connects these components to the third box, which represents the intermediate outcome: Improved Core Competency Skills. The 6 competencies are: 1) analytic/assessment skills; 2) policy development/program planning skills; 3) cultural competency skills; 4) communication and advocacy skills; 5) community engagement, partnership, and collaboration skills; and 6) basic public health science skills. There is a note indicating that mentees will select at least 2 of the core competencies to focus on during the program. 

An arrow points from the third box to the final box, which shows the connection between the intermediate outcome to the distal outcome, which is improved capacity (of mentee) to identify, adapt, and implement EBIs for cancer control. A note indicates that it is assumed that there will be organizational support and resources for EBIs. Listed at the bottom of the figure are the external factors: community, clinical, organizational context (ie, work parameters, threats to external validity, and leadership) that are present throughout the framework depicted.

Figure. Research to Reality Pilot Mentorship Program logic model, National Cancer Institute, 2011. Source: Purcell et al (10).

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