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.

Meeting slides posted!

Community Research Forum Annual Meeting: Bringing Community-Based Researchers Together to Advance Cancer Research

September 28 and 29, 2014 | ASCO Headquarters | Alexandria, Virginia

This meeting provided 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 also provided a unique forum to discuss barriers and propose solutions to common challenges in conducting research, and provide input on ASCO programs and policy issues impacting clinical research.  Please refer to the Forum Annual Meetings tab for access to the agenda and meeting slides.


ASCO Research Program Quality Assessment Tool: Basics for a Quality Community-Based Research Site

ASCO’s Community Research Forum has recently released the ASCO Research Program Quality Assessment Tool. 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.

Learn More!

To learn more about the Forum and its initiatives, please refer to the tabs below. Please also feel welcome to contact Patricia Hurley at or Mary May Kozlik at


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