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Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Pre-Testing of NCI Communication Messages

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In compliance with the requirement of section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, for opportunity for public comment on proposed data collection projects, the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will publish periodic summaries of proposed projects to be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval.

Proposed Collection: Title: Pretesting of NCI Communication Messages. Type of Information Collection Request: EXTENSION (OMB# 0925-0046, expires 10/31/06). Need and Use of Information Collection: In order to carry out NCI's legislative mandate to educate and disseminate information about cancer prevention, detection, diagnosis, and treatment to a wide variety of audiences Start Printed Page 46487and organizations (e.g. cancer patients, their families, the general public, health providers, the media, voluntary groups, scientific and medical organizations), it is beneficial for NCI to pretest their communications strategies, concepts, and messages while they are under development. The primary purpose of this pretesting, or formative evaluation, is to ensure that the messages, communication materials, and information services created by NCI have the greatest capacity of being received, understood, and accepted by their target audiences. By utilizing appropriate qualitative and quantitative methodologies, NCI is able to (1) understand characteristics of the intended target audience—their attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors—and use this information in the development of effective communication tools and strategies; (2) produce or refine messages that have the greatest potential to influence target audience attitudes and behavior in a positive manner; and (3) expend limited program resource dollars wisely and effectively. Frequency of Response: On occasion. Affected Public: Individuals or households; Businesses or other for profit; Not-for-profit institutions; Federal Government; State, Local, or Tribal Government. Type of Respondents: Adult cancer patients; members of the public; health care professionals; organizational representatives. The annual reporting burden is as follows: Estimated Number of Respondents: 13,780; Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 1; Average Burden Hours Per Response: .1458; and Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours Requested: 2,010. The annualized cost to respondents is estimated at: $34,155. There are no Capital Costs, Operating Costs, and/or Maintenance Costs to report.

Estimate Hours of Burden

Type of respondentsNo. of respondentsFrequency of responseAverage time per responseAnnual hour burden
Adults 18+13,7801.14582009.12

Request For Comments: Written comments and/or suggestions from the public and affected agencies are invited on one or more of the following points: (1) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the function of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) The accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (3) Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) Ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology.

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To request more information on the proposed project or to obtain a copy of the data collection plans and instruments, contact Nina Goodman, Senior Analyst, Operations Research Office, OESI, NCI, NIH, 6116 Executive Blvd., Suite 400, Rockville, MD 20892, call non-toll-free number 301-435-7789 or e-mail your request, including your address to:

Comments Due Date: Comments regarding this information collection are best assured of having their full effect if received within 60 days of the date of this publication.

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Dated: August 2, 2006.

Rachelle Ragland-Greene,

NCI Project Clearance Liaison, National Institutes of Health.

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[FR Doc. E6-13190 Filed 8-11-06; 8:45 am]