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.


ASCO Clinicial 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

Just Launched!

Online Resources for Researchers

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.  

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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