Community Research Forum


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 Researchers Convene for Dynamic Annual Meeting

Community Research Forum Annual Meeting

September 20-21, 2015 | ASCO Headquarters | Alexandria, Virginia

More than 75 physician investigators, program directors, and research staff attended the 2015 ASCO Community Research Forum (CRF) Annual Meeting on September 20-21, at ASCO Headquarters in Alexandria, VA.  Presentations and panels covered a range of topics, including best practices, precision medicine, coverage analysis, patient engagement, and resources for community-based research programs. The meeting also included breakout sessions, during which participants engaged with one-another to discuss strategies for effectively managing difficult aspects of conducting research in a community setting. The CRF Council will discuss ideas generated at the meeting to identify projects to work on in the coming year.  Read more about the meeting in ASCO in Action

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


  • 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.

Learn More!

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 with any questions or suggestions.