Health Tracking

The Foundation's Health Tracking initiative was designed to support efforts to understand better health system changes and how these changes affect people.The initiative is based on the premise that fundamental change is taking place and will continue to take place within the health care system over the next five to ten years, and the reality that little systematic data are available to measure this change and its effects, particularly over time and at the market level. Health Tracking builds on various prior ad hoc RWJF data collection efforts to create a coordinated measurement system to assess change and what it means for people at the market level. It is believed that better information resulting from Health Tracking will lead to better decision making and, ultimately, to better health care. Under the Foundation's Health Tracking initiative, the Center for Studying Health System Change, through its Community Tracking Study, is understanding how dramatic changes in health care are unfolding in 60 communities throughout the United States. The first round of the study, which included surveys of 32,000 households and 13,000 physicians, was conducted in 1996-97 and produced baseline information for tracking change. The next round of surveys will be fielded in 1998-99, providing the first chance to really measure and monitor changes over time. Along with the second round of the Community Tracking Study, funds will support a variety of other Center efforts to track, understand, and disseminate information about the dynamics of health system change.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $22,500,056.00

Awarded on: 5/1/1998

Time frame: 5/1/1998 - 9/30/2000

Grant Number: 29275


Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.

600 Alexander Park
P.O. Box 2393
Princeton, 08543-2393


Paul B. Ginsburg
Project Director