CRCCP 2015–2019: Measuring Outcomes

In 2015, CDC funded the Colorectal Cancer Control Program (CRCCP). The CRCCP’s 30 award recipients partner with health system clinics to increase screening for colorectal cancer. CDC evaluators designed an outcome evaluation to measure changes in colorectal cancer screening rates over time.

Evaluating Changes in Clinic-Level Colorectal Cancer Screening Rates

Planning the Outcome Evaluation

CDC used its Framework for Program Evaluation to design an outcome evaluation for the CRCCP. The framework includes—

  1. Engaging patients, partners, and others who are invested in the program.
  2. Describing the program.
  3. Focusing the evaluation design.
  4. Gathering credible evidence.
  5. Justifying conclusions.
  6. Ensuring use and lessons learned.

Measuring Changes in Colorectal Cancer Screening Rates

To measure the primary outcome for the CRCCP—colorectal cancer screening rates—award recipients report clinic-level data for every participating clinic. Data include CRC screening rates reported at baseline and each year of the program.

Providing Tools and Resources

CDC developed tools and resources to help award recipients report data to CDC and to improve data quality. Tools include a detailed data dictionary, data collection tools, and a guidance document on measuring screening rates in health system clinics.

CRCCP Evaluation At a Glance

  • Primary outcome measure: Clinic-level colorectal cancer screening rates
  • Evaluation framework: CDC’s Framework for Program Evaluation
  • Evaluation design: Multiple methods, longitudinal


Framework for Program Evaluation

Guide for Measuring Cancer Screening Rates in Clinics

Satsangi A, DeGroff A. Planning a national-level outcome evaluation of the Colorectal Cancer Control Program.external icon Journal of the Georgia Public Health Association 2016;6(suppl 2).

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