The SJCARES Policies suite of tools aims to collaboratively address challenges with others interested in bridging evidence-to-policy and policy-to-action gaps - including policy designers, implementers, researchers and advocates at a national, regional, and global level.
SJCARES Policies is a tool suite designed to appraise the health policy environment to scale-up childhood cancer control via evidence-informed policy interventions and optimize national health and cancer control planning inclusive of children and adolescents with cancer.
Public policies shape national priorities, funding and incentives that all impact on health. Unfortunately, the vital context and content of policies are often not accessible to decision-makers and advocates. As part of the SJCARES Policies suite of tools, the Health Systems Unit has developed various tools with policy-minded collaborators to support comprehensive national cancer control planning, acknowledging the broader national health policy context.
Since 2014, more than 900 national documents outlining government priorities, commitments and joint actions with various organizations and partners to address cancer and other health needs have been collated and reviewed, along with hundreds of associated analytic and strategic documents. These include national cancer control plans (NCCPs), integrated noncommunicable disease (NCD) plans (that may cover conditions such as cancer, as well as cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and sickle cell disease), and national strategic and action plans and policies. Curated documents are systematically catalogued in a repository, the St. Jude Global Policy CoreBank. The Health Systems Unit works with collaborators to conduct comprehensive framework-driven analyses of curated policies as part of the Global Policy Analyst program, and capture sample visualizations and analytics from the policies as part of the developing Global Policy Monitor.
Applying insights distilled from these global analyses, at a national level, the Health Systems Unit has developed a National Cancer Control Plan (NCCP) Digest, that comprises a National Policy Landscape Scan, an NCCP Snapshot Analysis template, and a Dialogue Facilitator template for those interested in pursuing further collaborative discussion and planning policy dialogues. Altogether, this Digest can be used as a Country Policy Planning and Progress tool to review and align data on national cancer-related public policies’ existence and of the policy content in an NCCP, NCD or national health plan, and stimulate dialogue concerning the national health policy environment. For those interested to query policies and concepts in more detail, the Unit’s NCCP Ontology outlines typical terminology in different languages used to describe relevant policy concepts. Altogether, these tools set the stage for policy research, informed policy dialogues, political advocacy and participatory policy design to integrate the needs of children and adolescents in national agendas and actions.