Statistics & Evaluation Center


Our Mission

The Statistics and Evaluation Center (SEC) is a shared resource of professional statisticians and evaluators that provide support to investigators in the research and health promotions departments at the American Cancer Society. The SEC has three main responsibilities: to assist Society researchers in the design, analysis, and preparation of manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed scientific journals; to function as part of the Society team that evaluates selected mission delivery interventions; and to conduct methods research on cancer-related problems for publication in peer-reviewed journals.

Our Work

The Statistics and Evaluation Center, led by Kenneth Portier, PhD, engages in original research on predictive modeling for cancer control and advocacy. We also develop optimal and ethical cancer study designs that minimize the required number of patients to be accrued for the study. The SEC provides research design and analysis support for the Behavioral Research Center quality of life research, National Cancer Information Cancer/Quitline®, and more.

In addition, staff from both Cancer Control and the SEC forms what is called the Integrated Evaluation Team. This team works with other members of the Society on several initiatives, including:

  • Program evaluation (ascertaining, appraising or fixing the value or worth of a program or initiative)
  • Helping establish Society policy on environmental chemicals that cause or have the potential to cause cancer
  • Developing mathematical models of how various cancers work, as well as probable outcomes in terms of reduced cancer incidence and lives saved if various prevention opportunities are implemented