Evaluating RWJF's Urban Health Initiative

The Foundation's program, Urban Health Initiative: Working to Ensure the Health and Safety of Children, was designed to improve the health and safety of young people in urban areas by improving collaboration among youth-serving agencies and organizations. The purpose of this project is to encourage a broad cross-section of the community to work together to see whether it is possible to make measurable improvements in the health and safety of urban youth. During the first four years of this initiative, the New York University (NYU) evaluation team has worked closely with sites to: (1) develop their various theories of change; (2) collect baseline survey, indicator, and financial data; and (3) document the collaborative processes followed as sites identified the components of child health and safety to target. Additionally, the NYU evaluators have worked with local site evaluators to insure rigor and reliability for all site assessment plans. This grant will continue to support a study to evaluate the work to foster comprehensive community efforts to improve the health and safety of children and youth in urban settings. The investigators will undertake quantitative analysis to determine the extent to which the Initiative is able to effect change in a range of health and safety outcomes for young people across the five sites. They will also continue to document closely the processes and implementation of the sites' work.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $7,498,800.00

Awarded on: 4/19/2001

Time frame: 9/1/2001 - 8/31/2011

Grant Number: 36933


New York University Wagner Graduate School of Public Service

295 Lafayette Street
New York, 10012-9604


Beth C. Weitzman
Project Director