Strategic Plan

Strategic Plan

NAACCR Strategic Management Plan

NAACCR’s Strategic Management Plan Work Group (SMP WG) will be holding a Town Hall on Wednesday, March 27th from 3-4 ET to discuss the new Strategic Plan for 2024-2027.

The NAACCR Board assessed its approach to strategic planning and its charge to ensure that NAACCR is conducting its mission successfully. Because the cancer surveillance field is rapidly changing, the Board determined that a more adaptable, strategic, and forward-thinking approach was needed to ensure NAACCR’s continued leadership and success. NAACCR integrated eight strategic initiatives into the new Plan:

  1. Certification
  2. Innovative Approaches to Data Collection
  3. Informatics, Artificial Intelligence, and Cloud Technology
  4. Improving Race and Ethnicity Reporting
  5. Communication
  6. Recruitment and Retention
  7. Expanded Training for NAACCR Members
  8. Policy and Advocacy

Please join us to review the plan in more detail and provide valuable feedback to ensure NAACCR is equipped to meet the demands of today’s cancer surveillance needs, while also best positioning NAACCR for the future.

Download: PDF NAACCR Strategic Plan 2024 – 2027 

SMP History

SMP Town Hall Recording

The PDF document includes the background and initial goals and objectives of the 2024 – 2027 Strategic Management Plan. The latest versions of the Steering Committee goals and objectives may be found below.

Looking for information prior to this plan? Please visit our SMP Document Archive located here.

As of the release date of the 2021–2024 SMP, the NAACCR Board has not adopted any additional WOW initiatives. However, the Board will be focusing on strategic direction over the next 3 years. Through that process, we fully expect to identify at least one new WOW initiative to include in the SMP.


The below tabs are from the last WOW initiatives. New ones will be coming soon.

Virtual Pooled Registry-Cancer Linkage System:

The creation of a resource to support multi-state or nationwide research with one application and one file submission will continue. This resource will also have the capacity to support inter-registry de-duplication, cohort-based research studies, clinical trials, and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) required post-marketing surveillance. Not only will the VPR-CLS facilitate linkages, but also a simultaneous goal is to develop a Central IRB, which could function as a universal IRB for VPR-CLS eligible studies. In addition, a template IRB application is being developed to streamline the IRB process.

Technical Assistance for International Cancer Registries:

NAACCR has been an active partner in establishing and supporting the Caribbean Hub for the Global Initiative for Cancer Registration, sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and IARC. In addition, NAACCR has established an international membership category, and is working to provide education, training, and other resources through portal access on our website. We are also building a mentorship and training program through twinning to assist registries in other parts of the world in their effort to measure the burden of cancer and develop effective cancer control programs.

Registry of the Future Expert Leadership Panel:

An expert leadership conference that brings some of the world’s top leaders in cancer surveillance together to vision the cancer registry of the future using critical thinking and innovative problem solving techniques.

Review Registry Certification:

Explore the need for modifications to current Gold and Silver certification levels, or the addition of a new level of certification. Criteria to be considered may include data sharing, de-duplication between states, and other activities that improve the overall quality of North American data and data use.

Strategic Management Plan Goals & Objectives 2021-2024

Priority Area 1: Strategic Planning and Alliances



Strategic planning is a critical Board responsibility required to ensure that the NAACCR mission is sustained now and into the future. Board members must be able to understand the issues and evaluate opportunities for and risks to accomplishing NAACCR’s mission. In addition, investment in strategic partnerships is needed to advance NAACCR’s mission. Relationships of mutual benefit must be carefully chosen and built over time.


Goal 1: Collaborate with the Board to Develop Strategic Initiatives to Advance NAACCR’s Mission and Recommend Appropriate Actions.

Objective 1: Identify and assess new strategic opportunities and threats and report them to the NAACCR Board.

Objective 2: Research and evaluate strategic opportunities and threats on behalf of NAACCR’s Board.


Volunteer or SMP Inquiry? Correspond directly with Strategic Alliances Steering Committee Chair, Betsy A. Kohler, NAACCR Executive Director at .

Priority Area 2: Standardization and Registry Development (S&RD)



Standardization and registry development continues to be a mission-critical role that must move forward so that central registries are adequately prepared to adapt rapidly and successfully to changing developments in cancer surveillance. Emerging technologies, genetic and clinical advances, survivorship issues, electronic medical records, and “Big Data” are transforming the way central cancer registries function. For these reasons, the S&RD priority area must continue to maintain its efforts to assure the highest quality data for central registries while seeking innovative strategies to develop the cancer registry of the future.


Goal 1: Prepare for the cancer surveillance system of the future—a system that is more timely, responsive, and adaptable to change.

Objective 1: Analyze how cancer surveillance systems will interface with electronic health data and continue to assess semantic interoperability issues.

Objective 2: Engage with and appraise national and international efforts regarding informatics initiatives, electronic health records, artificial intelligence, and other IT technologies as they relate to central cancer registries.

Objective 3: Identify, analyze, and assess emerging cancer surveillance data sources to assist registries with ensuing data storage, computing infrastructure, and operational needs.

Objective 4: Investigate and promote increased registry incorporation of informatics to optimize registry operations.


Goal 2: Establish consensus standards and best practices for the collection and processing of cancer and patient information.

Objective 1: Organize consensus-based standards volumes and implementation guidelines.

Objective 2: Develop methods to simplify the death clearance process to improve efficiency.

Objective 3: Enable the facilitation of automation of record consolidation by developing general principles and consolidation guidelines.

Objective 4: Evaluate recommendations of timeliness initiatives to identify commonalities and feasibility.

Objective 5: Collaborate with the Research and Data Use Steering Committee to develop best practices for interstate deduplication.

Objective 6: Collaborate with the Research and Data Use Steering Committee to develop minimum and targeted data sets.


Goal 3: Investigate and develop innovative uses of cancer registries by identifying emerging initiatives and new roles that bring value- added benefits to cancer surveillance, research, and control.

Objective 1: Investigate and recommend opportunities for cancer registries to improve cancer surveillance, research, and control (for example, Childhood Cancer Registry).

Objective 2: Investigate the process and feasibility of setting up and maintaining virtual population-based tumor banks.

Objective 3: Develop best practices for conducting linkages to enhance registries.


Volunteer or SMP Inquiry? Correspond directly with Standardization and Registry Development Steering Committee Chair at

Priority Area 3: Research and Data Use



The fundamental value of centralized cancer registries is the high-quality data that allows innovative research, reliable cancer surveillance and improved cancer control. The Research and Data Use Steering Committee plays a vital role in assuring promotion and access to registry data in a systematic and user-friendly way. Significant advances in technology and science offer new opportunities and challenges for cancer surveillance. Data analytics and “Big Data” are presenting new ways to analyze both structured and unstructured data to provide new insights and directions in our understanding of cancer. It is essential that NAACCR keeps pace with these developments by making certain that central registries are positioned to make the fullest possible contribution to future research in epidemiology, cancer prevention and control, and, in particular, clinical outcomes.


Goal 1: Increase the use of central cancer registry data.

 Objective 1: Assess the relevance and demonstrate the value of central cancer registries to the cancer control community, clinicians, researchers, and the public (in collaboration with Communications Priority Area).

Objective 2: Develop efficient processes to improve access to North American population-based cancer registry data.

Objective 3: Improve the research and data use capacity of NAACCR member registries and external researchers (in collaboration with Professional Development Priority Area).

Volunteer or SMP Inquiry? Correspond directly with Research and Data Use Steering Committee Chair at .

Priority Area 5: Professional Development



The development and training of skilled CTRs, epidemiologists, IT specialists, and registry managers remains essential to the future of centralized registries. New technologies and advances in genetics and molecular biology are informing clinical and cancer control strategies. Informatics, analytics, and molecular epidemiology are combining to push for change in the way registries function. Personnel are being asked to do more with less, as budgets are cut and the complexity of work responsibilities increases. Enhanced training and professional development will remain an essential priority of NAACCR.

In addition, an aging workforce creates a demand for succession planning to establish a talented pool of future leaders for central registries. Programs to develop management, leadership, and strategic thinking proficiencies will grow. NAACCR needs to work collaboratively with other key agencies to address this serious concern.


Goal 1: Develop and implement strategies to recruit and retain personnel in central cancer registries by enhancing career opportunities for individuals with diverse skill sets.

Objective 1: Partner with other professional organizations (e.g., American Health Information Management Association, American Public Health Association, NCRA) to address recruitment and retention issues.

Objective 2: Establish collaborative approaches to make career opportunities more attractive to individuals with skill sets and expertise to build and implement the cancer registry of the future.

Objective 3: In collaboration with other steering committees, such as Standards and Registry Development and Research and Data Use, bring

top central registry staff together to brainstorm best practices for leadership, management, registry operations, epidemiology/statistics, information technology (IT), research support, and data security.

Objective 4: Collaborate with NCRA and other groups to address data quality from non-cancer registry/non-U.S. outsourcing firms.

Objective 5: Engage new members through the Member Ambassador Program to encourage involvement in NAACCR activities.


Goal 2: Develop a comprehensive multidisciplinary training program to ensure that NAACCR members possess the requisite skill sets to excel in the rapidly changing cancer surveillance environment.

Objective 1: Produce a training program that includes core competencies in the areas of leadership, management, registry operations, epidemiology/ statistics, IT, research support, and data security to prepare members for management positions and to provide a talented and reliable supply of future NAACCR leaders.

Objective 2: Coordinate an inter-registry mentorship program, with opportunities for registry staff to observe operations and best practices of highly successful registries.

Objective 3: Support and guide university-level curriculum for central cancer registries, along with other interested organizations.

Volunteer or SMP Inquiry? Correspond directly with Professional Development Steering Committee Chair at

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