Building organizational capacity on issues of health and health care

Today, the field of health and health care research lacks sufficient expertise to develop practical interventions and rigorously test them, especially with random controlled social experiments. MDRC is a premier nonprofit social policy research organization that was created in 1974 to build reliable knowledge to improve the effectiveness of programs and policies that serve low-income Americans. It has expertise in experiments, conducting more than 60 with random assignment. Over 30 years it has developed and tested new and existing approaches to some of the nation's most pressing social problems. MDRC is best known for its research on welfare and work, which shaped policies and practices in welfare reform. Health and health care issues are not MDRC's expertise. The purpose of this collaborative grant is to make available their expertise in program and research design for the Foundation's issues by developing MDRC's capacity for conducting work in the health arena. The project will allow MDRC to: (1) expand work on health outcomes in ongoing evaluations; (2) increase MDRC's capacity related to health care and health outcomes; and (3) position MDRC to conduct a major health-related intervention.The outcome of this project will be to take an organization with extraordinary expertise in practical program development and experimental design, and build its expertise on health and health care.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $2,000,000.00

Awarded on: 10/31/2006

Time frame: 11/1/2006 - 12/31/2011

Grant Number: 58059



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Gordon L. Berlin
Project Director