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The Center for Cancer Policy and Program Evaluation (CarPE) within the Department of Population Medicine serves as a catalyst for rigorous and impactful policy research across the cancer care continuum by faculty in the DPM and our external collaborators. Our mission is to generate sound evidence to inform policies and programs, for use by stakeholders in the United States and elsewhere.  We leverage the diverse research expertise of DPM faculty, effectively use and expand DPM’s large population-based electronic data resources, and actively collaborate with delivery system and payer partners of the DPM.

The DPM has been a long-standing home for population-level cancer research and was a founding member of the HMO Cancer Research Network and the Dana/Farber Harvard Cancer Center. Faculty come from across all DPM Divisions (CHeRPHPI, CoRAL, TIDE/Sentinel, and Biostatistics). Employing a range of quantitative and qualitative methods, we study the short- and long-term effects of policies and other interventions in the ever-evolving cancer screening and treatment environments. Among other topics, current and planned research includes:

  • Immunization quality improvement programs to increase HPV vaccination in primary care
  • Advances in screening technologies that can detect increasing numbers of cancers at early stages
  • Approaches to facilitating high-value care in an environment of rapid scientific advances and early approvals of highly-priced novel therapies
  • Legislation and contracting to facilitate access to cancer treatments
  • Budgetary impacts of advances in screening and treatment on payers, employers, households, and society
  • Ethical challenges for all stakeholders who need to weigh individual and societal benefits and risks

CarPE’s hourglass logo* acknowledges the transient and ever-changing nature of our lives and the world we live in. In the spirit of Horace's carpe diem, our logo symbolizes the urgency to do all that we can today to make the future - including health policies, programs, and systems - better, for individuals and societies.


*Designed by Mikaela Batista