Fall 2020 NAACCR Narrative Leave a comment


The NAACCR Strategic Management Plan (SMP) provides a roadmap for all NAACCR activities. It expresses NAACCR’s vision, core values, and current priorities. It guides all work conducted by NAACCR Steering Committees and the workgroups and task forces underneath them.


In order to ensure that NAACCR’s priorities are relevant to the current and future landscapes of cancer surveillance, the SMP is renewed every five years. The current strategic plan was approved by the NAACCR membership in June 2016, and takes us through June 2021. Anticipating the need for renewal of this plan, in January 2020, the Strategic Management Plan Committee was formed of NAACCR Board Members, current and past Presidents, and Steering Committee Chairs. This group is leading the charge towards the next strategic management plan renewal, in collaboration with the Steering Committees and NAACCR members.


In order to collate member feedback on the current SMP and determine where changes need to be made in the next revision, the SMP Committee released a survey immediately following the virtual conference and business meeting, in June 2020. In this survey, we asked for public comment on NAACCR’s mission and vision statements, and the different priority areas. Here, we provide a brief summary of these results and share how they will be incorporated in the next phases of the SMP renewal processes.


NAACCR Mission and Vision Statement

While some minor modifications to these statements were suggested, in general survey respondents agreed or strongly agreed that the mission and vision statements would continue to be relevant through the next five years.


SMP and Priority Areas

Only a small minority of survey respondents reported being very familiar with the NAACCR SMP. Many respondents were not at all familiar with the SMP. When presented with the current NAACCR priority areas, most respondents felt that the priority areas would continue to remain relevant through the next five years. While there were no priority areas that respondents thought should be removed in the revised SMP, there was suggestion of reviewing whether Informatics should be an additional priority area considered for the next SMP. While most respondents felt that the NAACCR committee structure facilitates the organization’s ability to achieve priority area goals, there were comments that suggested that communication and collaboration between the Steering Committees might be improved. A large proportion of respondents stated that they did not know how to get more involved in NAACCR, but many reported being interested in doing so.


Strategic Alliances

All respondents agreed that this priority area and its goals are, and would remain, relevant over the next five years. Comments indicated that this is a critical area in order to ensure the organization remains relevant, and enable us to partner with other relevant organizations in the field.


Standardization and Registry Development

All respondents agreed that this was an important priority area and that its goals would continue to remain relevant. A broad range of comments spanned topics including the need to ensure relevant and high-quality data items are being collected; timeliness of reporting; incorporation of new technologies and methods into data collection; timelines for changes to standards and the impact of not meeting these timelines on member registries; XML; promoting and maintaining relevant data standards.


Research and Data Use

Survey respondents agreed that this priority area and its goals would continue to remain relevant for the next strategic management plan revision. Again, there were a broad range of comments on topics ranging from the need to demonstrate the value and uses of central cancer registry data to a variety of audiences; the need to acknowledge “state’s rights” in centralized processes; the need to segue with Standardization and Registry Development Steering Committee in several areas; privacy and confidentiality; contributing to increasing research capacity and training for non-CTR registry personnel.



All survey respondents agreed that this priority area and its goals would remain relevant. Comments indicated the need for agile communication to members; and the need for this committee to ensure that members are aware of NAACCR activities and opportunities to get involved in a timely manner.


Professional Development

Respondents agreed that this priority area and its goals would continue to be relevant, and comments suggested that this is one of the key functions of NAACCR. Comments suggested that areas to consider include: training for non-CTR registry staff; training on new technologies and skillsets; the need to cross-pollinate education across fields and recruit new potential CTRs to the field; an appreciation of practical resources already offered by NAACCR.

The results of this survey are being considered by each priority area Steering Committee and incorporated into revisions of their SMP goals and objectives. Between September 2020 and January 2021, there will be an iterative process of SMP revision between the SMP Committee, the priority area Steering Committees, and the NAACCR Board. A draft revised SMP will be presented to the NAACCR membership for public comment in February 2021, so please be prepared to offer your input! The final 2021-2026 SMP will be presented to the NAACCR membership at the 2021 Business Meeting in June.




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