practice? Does the process require community input? Does this process help achieve a balance between research activities and community activities? Does this process help achieve a diversity of populations with which the center works?)

  1. Has CDC clearly communicated criteria for selecting and judging projects? Please comment on the ways in which CDC communicates its program criteria to the centers.

  2. In your experience, does the SIP program alter your priorities for project selection? Do SIPs reflect your mission and priorities?

Dissemination activities.We would like to know more about the center's approach to dissemination and its activities in this area. We would also like to discuss CDC's role in sharing knowledge across the centers and beyond.

  1. In general, what is your approach to dissemination of research results and advances in prevention? Does the center have an overall plan? To whom do you disseminate information? Who/what are your targets?

  2. How much time, effort, and resources are dedicated to dissemination? Who is responsible for dissemination?

  3. Has CDC communicated explicit guidelines or expectations for dissemination to the center?

  4. What efforts have been made to share knowledge between the centers and beyond? (PROBE: Is there a forum, what opportunities exist to bring together the centers through annual meetings, long-distance learning, collaboration? What works best?)

  5. Are there mechanisms to link or integrate the research findings of different centers? Is knowledge being shared between the centers? Would (is) this be beneficial? Should CDC play a role in encouraging such activities? If so, how? (PROBE: Options to consider may be funding a “think tank” or integrative

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