Research–practice partnerships are essential for integrating evidence-based practices, programs, and interventions into health care and public health settings. Learn about our flagship partnerships that facilitate and encourage collaboration between research and practice communities.
CPCRN is a national network of academic, public health, and community partners who work together to reduce the burden of cancer, especially among those disproportionately affected. By drawing on the established Prevention Research Centers’ guidelines and strong community ties, CPCRN conducts community-based, participatory cancer research across its eight network centers, regardless of academic affiliations and geographic boundaries. Learn more about CPCRN’s workgroups that are formed regularly to investigate areas of interest to the network. Explore the network.
Through coordination and collaboration, the CCCNP assists comprehensive cancer control (CCC) coalitions to develop and sustain implementation of CCC plans at the state, tribe, territory, U.S. Pacific Island jurisdiction, and local levels. The CCCNP is an influential group of 17 leading cancer organizations that use their combined strengths and resources to change the trajectory of the cancer burden in the United States by facilitating and providing support to CCC coalitions and by coordinating national CCC efforts. See the Partnership Priorities.
Implementation Science Centers in Cancer Control (ISC3)
The ISC3 Program supports the development, testing, and refinement of innovative approaches to implement evidence-based cancer control interventions. The ISC3 is a unique network as it includes research-practice partnerships in the form of "implementation laboratories" involving clinical and community sites, where Centers' research and methods pilots are conducted.
Consortium for Cancer Implementation Science (CCIS)
The CCIS focuses on cancer control priorities, cross-collaboration, and innovative solutions in implementation science. Practitioners or program implementers are encouraged to join an action group to engage with researchers to improve the relevance of research questions and user-friendliness of tools to support research engagement, and when seeking collaboration for practice-based research. Email CCIS@icf.com to get involved.
Cancer Control in NCI-Designated Cancer Centers
Many NCI-designated cancer centers are engaged in research-practice partnerships through their community outreach and engagement (COE) and population sciences activities. NCI has stimulated this work through a series of cancer center supplements focused on translation of evidence-based interventions into community practice and on increasing COE activities and partnerships among center staff and comprehensive cancer control coalitions. Practitioners and program implementers can explore the catchment area served by their local cancer center and reach out to the COE leaders to become engaged.
Evidence-Based Public Health Practice
Implementation Science can help public health professionals effectively and equitably engage communities through evidence-based practices, interventions, programs, services, and policies.
Public Health and Implementation Science Work Together to Improve Population Health Outcomes
Improving population wellness through research, services, programs, and policy.
Implementation Science Applies to Public Health to...
- Promote health equity.
- Engage communities and access context.
- Select strategies to overcome barriers.
- Select and adapt programs to fit community.
- Implement programs equitably and effectively.
- Communicate about trends, programs, and policies.
- Evaluate program processes and outcomes.
- Sustain programs and positive outcomes.
Studies how evidence-based practices, interventions, programs and policies are effectively translated to and used in practice.
Implementation Science in the Essential Public Health Services
The 10 Essential Public Health Services provide a framework to protect and promote the health of all people in all communities. Implementation Science can help continuously improve public policies, systems, and services to achieve optimal health and well-being for all.
- Systematically describe community needs and assess facilitators and barriers to adapting, implementing, and sustaining programs.
- Tailor strategies to engage different community members through assessment.
- Identify barriers and suggest ways to adjust programs to better fit the population.
- Identify effective dissemination strategies for culturally appropriate programs and policies.
- Reduce delays from policy to practice.
- Effectively evaluate the impact of policies to ensure equity.
- Equitably implement programs to address social determinants of health.
- Increase access to programs and services.
- Ensure equitable program design, inclusion, and implementation quality.
- Adapt and sustain programs over time.
- Support and contribute to core public health competencies.
- Train the workforce to effectively apply best practices and pivot when needed.
- Identify and apply promising program enhancements.