Given the objectives and nature of the NCCCP, the primary units of analysis are the 16 participating CCCs and the pilot program overall.
In addition, all NCCCP sites are working to expand their linkages with the NCI-designated cancer centers and their associated investigators, resulting in additional research opportunities.
If NCCCP continues beyond the pilot phase, a subset of these data could be collected on an ongoing basis to support management of the NCCCP and provide useful information for program improvement and future research on the impact of finance, organization, and delivery changes on cancer care and research.
As in the NCCCP example, qualitative data provide unique, complementary insights such as promising strategies, practices, and tools that help accelerate and sustain progress toward NCCCP goals and the impact of the NCCCP on providers and patients.
"NCCCP Pilot Program Summary" [accessed on May 14, 2009a].