Transforming Policy

Advocate for colorectal cancer policy change with the Transforming Policy toolkit and Policy Scorecard.

Transforming Policy


Why Transforming Policy?

The GCCA Transforming Policy program aims to advance colorectal cancer policy change through supporting patient advocacy groups’ efforts. With the Policy Scorecard for Colorectal Cancer and the Transforming Policy toolkit, this initiative serves as a starting point and guide to effecting policy change around the world.

The global incidence of colorectal cancer is increasing; mortality is increasing too.

graphical representation of diagnoses and deaths from colon cancer

In addition to these devastating human costs, the economic burden of CRC is projected to reach INT$2.8 trillion globally between 2020 and 2050.

There are effective screening tests for colorectal cancer. There are effective treatments for colorectal cancer. But access to these screening tests and treatments is insufficient. This can be addressed through transforming colorectal cancer policy.

Policy Scorecards

The Policy Scorecard for Colorectal Cancer

The Policy Scorecard is a data tool that supports policy decision-making and helps to systematically measure the current state of policies and actions against the ideal or optimal state of such policies. Policy Scorecards provide context for a country’s CRC policy state and support effective communication with policy decision-makers and other stakeholders. The scorecard can help identify gaps, as well as function as a tool to monitor progress, and to celebrate and recognize the advances being made. 

transforming policy scorecard map

Transforming Policy Webinars

GCCA has hosted three Transforming Policy webinars for advocates and organizations in Latin America, Asia, and Africa. And now these webinars are available to view on demand. Each video provides information about the Transforming Policy initiative and explains how state scorecards were used by advocates to advance colorectal cancer policy in the United States. The development of the country Policy Scorecard is detailed, including how the Scorecard can be used to identify goals, align strategies, celebrate progress, and communicate with policymakers. Example scorecards for countries in each region are reviewed. Watch the webinar for your region now! 

The Transforming Policy Toolkit

GCCA has developed this toolkit to guide colorectal cancer patient advocates in policy change efforts worldwide. The toolkit has tips for effective policy advocacy. It includes a checklist to help advocates organize their policy goals and strategy, from identifying their specific issue to finding the right policymakers to approach. The Transforming Policy toolkit contains a sample letter to policymakers and the WiSE Policy Scorecard for Colorectal Cancer, a tool advocates can use to present information to policymakers to support their policy requests.

Download the toolkit (English)
Download the toolkit (Spanish)
Download the toolkit (Portuguese)