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In a 1997 report, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommended that CDMRP establish a mechanism to measure and evaluate progress toward program goals, both annually and over time. 1 The importance of a robust program evaluation process is also emphasized in the 1999 report from the IOM, entitled "Evaluating Federal Research Programs." 2 In response, the CDMRP has established a comprehensive and strategic approach to program evaluation including: a) development of a process for identifying, reviewing and administering evaluation studies, b) periodic re-assessment of priorities, and c) sustained commitment to accountability and program improvement.

1. A Review of the Department of Defense's Program for Breast Cancer Research. Institute of Medicine. National Academy Press. 1997
2. Evaluating Federal Research Programs. Research and the Government Performance and Results Act. Institute of Medicine. National Academy Press. 1999

CDMRP Program Evaluation Cycle

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