Through excellence in cancer research, education, and community engagement, the Partnership between the University of Puerto Rico and the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center aims to reduce health disparities derived from infection-driven malignancies in Texas and Puerto Rico, and increase the number of Hispanics pursuing careers in cancer research.


PMB 371 PO Box 70344 San Juan, PR 00936-8344

(787) 758-2525 Ext. (2244)


Planning and Evaluation Core (PEC) serves as a facilitative resource to provide oversight and data support in developing, implementing, coordinating and managing all Partnership activities.  This core, which works collaboratively with the Administrative and DATAOmics Cores, assists with the daily activities of the Partnership, including, but not limited to, data collection, data evaluation, and meeting planning, as well as to spearhead short-term and long-term strategic planning and prioritization for the achievement of Partnership initiatives. The PEC is composed of an Evaluation Team (ET), the Internal Advisory Committee (IAC), and the Program Steering Committee (PSC). Through these three components, the PEC conducts, via a continuous process, the planning and evaluation of all partnership activities. Our objectives are:

  • To provide continuous support to cores and research projects to incorporate evaluation tools and approaches to document the Partnership’s progress and accomplishments.
  • To promote an evaluation culture supported through a rigorous internal reviewing process to improve Partnership performance and maximize resources continuously.
  • To support a critical external assessment process of the Partnership to enhance its performance, provide recommendations for improvements and inform new directions.

Mirza Rivera, MS, MT

Research Evaluator

Lizbeth Medina, MS

Senior Evaluator