Evaluating RWJF's Covering Kids & Families program

The Foundation's program, Covering Kids and Families, was designed to increase the number of eligible children and adults who are benefiting from federal and state health care coverage programs. This project is the result of a joint planning effort by Mathematica Policy Research, The Urban Institute, and Health Management Associates funded by the Foundation. The evaluation has three main goals--to describe the characteristics, context, and interventions of Covering Kids and Families (CKF) grantees and coalitions; to assess the effectiveness of the grantees in conducting outreach, administrative simplification, and coordination; and to determine whether CKF improved the enrollment and retention of the eligible population in Medicaid or the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). This contract supports innovative qualitative and quantitative data-gathering efforts and analyses. Deliverables will include a series of ongoing informal and formal reports designed for several audiences. The informal dissemination strategies would provide real-time feedback to enable the Foundation and the CKF National Program Office to make midcourse program corrections. This project will be considered successful if it results in a series of useful and timely reports that improve the CKF program, and if it assesses CKF's overall effectiveness in enrolling children and families into Medicaid and SCHIP.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $3,651,076.00

Awarded on: 8/23/2002

Time frame: 8/1/2002 - 12/31/2005

Grant Number: 44999


Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.

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


Judith Wooldridge
Project Director