Designing and operationalizing a customized internal evaluation model for cancer treatment support programs

Heather K. Moore, Jaime Preussler, Ellen M. Denzen, Tammy J. Payton, Viengneesee Thao, Elizabeth A. Murphy, Eileen Harwood

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Be The Match Patient and Health Professional Services (PHPS) supports patients undergoing hematopoietic cell transplant (HCT) and caregivers by providing educational programs and resources. HCT is a potentially curative therapy for blood cancers such as leukemia and lymphoma. To help meet the increasing demand for support services, PHPS implemented a multipronged plan to build and sustain the organization's capacity to conduct evaluation of its programs and resources. To do so, PHPS created and operationalized an internal evaluation model, developed customized resources to help stakeholders incorporate evaluation in program planning, and implemented utilization-focused evaluation for quality improvement. Formal mentorship was also critical in the development of an evidence-based, customized model and navigating inherent challenges throughout the process. Our model can serve as a guide for evaluators on establishing and operationalizing an internal evaluation program. Ultimately, we seek to improve support and education services from the time of diagnosis through survivorship.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)463-472
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Cancer Education
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2014


  • Evaluation of cancer treatment support programs
  • Hematopoietic cell transplant (HCT)
  • Program evaluation
  • Quality improvement


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