Since our inception, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has been driven by a continuous cycle of research, evaluation and learning.

BUILDING THE EVIDENCE

In connection with our focus areas, we fund a range of types of research to expand our understanding of what most shapes health, and which types of interventions may have greatest potential for impact.

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RWJF Research Programs

RWJF’s three signature research programs are examining the impact of different types of programs, policies and health-related systems on health, equity  and well-being.

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We approach all research investments with a commitment to rigor, objectivity, and building a solid evidence base around what works when it comes to improving the nation’s health.

Targeted Research

Solicited and often rapid-cycle projects to address key gaps in knowledge and inform efforts to improve health, health equity and well-being.

Policy & Systems Research

Exploratory and advanced studies seeking a deeper understanding about potential benefits and implications of alternative approaches.

Research-Driven Demonstrations

Projects that address particular research questions which may have broad ramifications both for our grantmaking and broader health policy and practice.

OUR EVALUATION PROGRAMS

Evaluation is a cornerstone of our approach to grantmaking. Generally, evaluation activities we support fall into four categories:

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Alonzo Plough, chief science officer at RWJF, shares how the Foundation is applying its cycle of research, evaluation and learning to its efforts to build a Culture of Health.

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Alonzo Plough, chief science officer at RWJF, shares how the Foundation is applying its cycle of research, evaluation and learning to its efforts to build a Culture of Health.

We believe deeply in the importance of capturing and sharing key data and lessons from our grantmaking—what worked, what didn’t, and why.

 

CULTURE OF HEALTH ACTION FRAMEWORK

At RWJF, building a Culture of Health is our central focus. But we are well aware that no individual, community, organization or initiative can change the trajectory of America's health alone.