Uniting Community-Based Researchers
ASCO's Community Research Forum provides an opportunity for community-based researchers to unite and develop solutions to common challenges to conducting research.
Community Research Forum Annual Meeting
SAVE THE DATE! September 20-21, 2015 | ASCO Headquarters | Alexandria, Virginia
The Community Research Forum (CRF) will hold its Annual Meeting this fall on September 20-21, 2015. This meeting will provide an exclusive opportunity for community-based researchers and research staff to network and collaborate with colleagues from all types of community-based research sites and programs. It will also provide a unique forum to discuss barriers and propose solutions to common challenges in conducting research, and to provide input on ASCO programs and policy issues impacting clinical research.
The CRF received a grant from ASCO's Conquer Cancer Foundation Mission Endowment Fund to award a stipend to up to 20 research staff from community-based research sites. Details about the meeting, including registration and the stipend application process, will be posted here on the CRF website in May. Registration will open in late May. Space is limited! Information on past meetings can be found in the Forum Annual Meetings tab. Stay tuned for more information!
New Community Research Forum Tools and Resources for Researchers
The Community Research Forum has recently released several tools and resources for community researchers. Below are the latest projects:
- ASCO Clinical Trial Workload Assessment Tool: This user-friendly online resource aims to help research administrators assess clinical trial–associated workload based on the complexity of research protocols and the number of patients assigned to staff. The tool enables administrators to more effectively monitor and manage staff capacity, productivity, and needs. The tool also provides site-specific, individual staff-specific, and protocol-specific reports. The tool is available for free at workload.asco.org.
- Online Resources for Research Sites: The CRF website aims to serve as a go-to resource, and provides helpful links to resources that facilitate the conduct and management of clinical trials, especially in the community setting. A CRF Working Group has recently compiled a list of helpful resources and tools for research sites. These resources are available here on the CRF website, under the "Helpful Resources" tab.
- Research Program Quality Assessment Tool: ASCO’s Community Research Forum released the ASCO Research Program Quality Assessment Tool in March 2014. The Tool is designed to help community-based research sites exceed the minimum standards of conducting clinical research and provides an overview of ASCO’s recommendations for the important components of an internal quality assessment program. A checklist tool is also provided to help sites conduct an assessment of whether their program includes these important components. The quality components are largely based on the ASCO Statement on Minimum Standards and Exemplary Attributes of Clinical Trial Sites (Zon et al, JCO, 2008). To access the Tool, please click here.
The CRF received a grant from ASCO’s Conquer Cancer Foundation Mission Endowment Fund to develop an online self-assessment tool, based on the checklist in the Research Program Quality Assessment Tool. Nicholas Robert, MD, is leading this new initiative. A pilot study of the new tool will provide the opportunity to collect data to determine feasible constructs and metrics for a potential certification program for research sites. The online tool will be released to the public in late 2015.
To learn more about the Forum and its initiatives, please refer to the tabs on the left. Please also feel welcome to contact ASCO Staff at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or suggestions.