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

We fund sound, objective analysis to help expand the evidence in our fields of interest, identify gaps and opportunities, and set targets and goals. We evaluate our programs to determine what is working, what isn’t and why.

We explore cutting-edge ideas in health and health care—as well as in other fields and industries. We also learn from promising models and approaches from other countries that could be adapted to work in the United States.

We report key insights from our successes and failures, and engage in frank dialogue with our grantees and other experts. Together, we determine how best to achieve a meaningful impact, and ensure our strategies remain effective as the nation’s health challenges continue to evolve.

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  1. Alonzo Plough, RWJF vice president of the Research, Evaluation and Learning unit and chief science officer shares 1) how the Foundation is driven by a continuous cycle of research, evaluation and learning; and 2) three signature research programs.
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Alonzo Plough, RWJF vice president of the Research, Evaluation and Learning unit and chief science officer shares 1) how the Foundation is driven by a continuous cycle of research, evaluation and learning; and 2) three signature research programs.
Alonzo Plough, RWJF vice president of the Research, Evaluation and Learning unit and chief science officer shares 1) how the Foundation is driven by a continuous cycle of research, evaluation and learning; and 2) three signature research programs.

Alonzo Plough, RWJF vice president of the Research, Evaluation and Learning unit and chief science officer shares 1) how the Foundation is driven by a continuous cycle of research, evaluation and learning; and 2) three signature research programs.

Featured InitiativeS

Signature programs fund innovative research on policies, laws, system interventions, and community dynamics that improve health and well-being, with emphasis on sectors not typically associated with health.

Evidence for Action

Supporting innovative, rigorous research on the impact of programs, policies, and partnerships on health and well-being, with a particular focus on research that will help advance health equity.

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Systems for Action

Using rigorous methods to test strategies for improving the reach, quality, efficiency, and equity of services and supports that promote health and well-being.

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Policies for Action

Supporting the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s commitment to building a solid evidence base for a Culture of Health in America.

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Assessing Our Impact

On a continual basis, we publish results and lessons from our grant programs and long-term investments in fields of interest.

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Tools and Resources

We offer a range of resources to assist researchers and evaluators of RWJF programs.

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