Evidence-Based Intervention Planning Guides

What to know

The planning guides help clinic staff implement evidence-based interventions to increase cancer screening.

A doctor explaining to a man why he needs to get screened for colorectal cancer


The four Evidence-Based Intervention Planning Guides provide tips to help clinic staff, and those who provide technical assistance to them, implement evidence-based interventions to increase screening for breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer.

The content of the planning guides came from a narrative review of implementation details documented in the studies included in the corresponding effectiveness and economic systematic reviews published by the Community Preventive Services Task Force, as well as their Finding and Rationale statement for the review. A group of implementation experts worked collaboratively to create a framework and identify the characteristics relevant to implementation.

Each planning guide includes:

  • A process flow diagram showing the theory of the intervention strategy.
  • Process evaluation metrics, outputs, and example measures.
  • A list of resources needed to support implementation, such as partnerships, staff, and tools.
  • Lessons learned from the literature included in the Community Guide review of each intervention, including:
    • Ways to strengthen performance or sustainability.
    • Settings where the intervention was studied.
    • Outcomes from the systematic review of effectiveness.
  • Components of the intervention.