Research, Evaluation and Learning

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 four 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: