Online evaluation programs: Benefits and limitations

Linda Burhansstipanov, Richard E. Clark, Shinobu Watanabe-Galloway, Daniel G. Petereit, Valerie Eschiti, Linda U. Krebs, Noel L. Pingatore

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Patient navigation programs are increasing throughout the USA, yet some evaluation measures are too vague to determine what and how navigation functions. Through collaborative efforts an online evaluation program was developed. The goal of this evaluation program is to make data entry accurate, simple, and efficient. This comprehensive program includes major components on staff, mentoring, committees, partnerships, grants/studies, products, dissemination, patient navigation, and reports. Pull down menus, radio buttons, and check boxes are incorporated whenever possible. Although the program has limitations, the benefits of having access to current, up-to-date program data 24/7 are worth overcoming the challenges. Of major benefit is the ability of the staff to tailor summary reports to provide anonymous feedback in a timely manner to community partners and participants. The tailored data are useful for the partners to generate summaries for inclusion in new grant applications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S24-S31
JournalJournal of Cancer Education
Issue numberSUPPL. 1
StatePublished - Apr 2012


  • American indian
  • Benefits
  • Cancer
  • Evaluation
  • Limitations
  • Native american
  • Navigation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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