Criteria for considering strategies

Draft criteria for prioritizing Cancer Plan Minnesota strategies

In July, the Cancer Alliance’s Steering Committee will consider the strategies six workgroups propose should be the state’s cancer control priorities over the next 10 years. The workgroups are using three criteria—alignment, health equity, and policy, systems and environmental improvements—to prioritize their recommendations. The Steering Committee will use these same criteria to determine, on a continuing basis, which strategies are ready for immediate attention, which are pressing but still need more work, and which can be placed in reserve for work in the coming years. The goal is to avoid a static plan and to create instead a process that is responsive to changes in the environment. Strategies for reducing the burden of cancer are influenced by partnerships, funding, legislative and policy opportunities, new research and data. Minnesota’s cancer plan needs to be responsive to these factors. Below is a draft of the criteria and associated dimensions the Steering Committee will consider when it meets in July.

1. Alignment
The degree to which a strategy provides opportunities to collaborate with partners around a strategy to improve individual and community health outcomes. Aspects of alignment may include the following:

    • Evidence of existing collaboration (or potential for collaboration)
    • Potential for cross-sector alignment
    • Potential to include public and private partners
    • Potential to include traditional and non-traditional partners
    • Inclusion of diverse perspectives
    • Alignment with the priorities and resources of MCA leadership and their organizations

2. Policy, systems and environmental (PSE) improvements
The degree to which a strategy focuses on changes or improvements to policies, systems and the environment. Aspects of PSE improvements may include the following:

    • Sustainability of the strategy over the long term
    • Potential for impact at the population level
    • Potential to address the underlying issue as far “upstream” as possible
    • Scalability (the degree to which an approach can be replicated at a larger scale)
    • Emphasis on changes to the environment rather than individual conscious choices (i.e., making the healthy choice the easy choice)

3. Health equity
The degree to which a strategy promotes health equity, which exists when all communities are thriving and all communities have what they need to be healthy. Aspects of health equity may include the following:

    • Reliance on data, best evidence, and community knowledge to address health disparities
    • Ability to address a lack of data, evidence or community knowledge
    • Focus on where the greatest needs or highest risks exist
    • Potential to narrow gaps
    • Ability to promote the triple aim of health equity:
      • Strengthens the capacity of communities to create their own healthy future
      • Expands understanding of what creates health
      • Promotes health in all policies