Evaluating RWJF's Finding Answers program

The Foundation's initiative, Finding Answers: Disparities Research for Change, was designed to use research and evaluation to test hypothetical solutions for reducing racial and ethnic disparities in health care settings and actual disparity reduction outcomes in ongoing programs.This project will assess the progress being made by the Finding Answers: Disparities Research for Change Program (FA) and provide recommendations to RWJF and Finding Answers' National Program Office (NPO) for program improvements to enable the second program phase to learn from the first. The Foundation (RWJF) initiated FA to identify, disseminate and spread successful disparity reduction interventions. The Program provides grant support for evaluations of interventions that can reduce disparities in health care and improve care for minority patients with cardiovascular disease, depression, or diabetes. The basic objective of the assessment is to inform and provide recommendations to RWJF and the NPO to help improve future grant-making activities and help make current and future grantee efforts more effective. The efforts of the NPO and grantees will be examined as to their overall performance to date in: (1) implementing and evaluating disparity reduction interventions that provide evidence of success; (2) the grant-making process; (3) the NPO's assistance to and oversight of the grantees; and (4) the synthesis and dissemination of findings from the literature and from the grantees' work. Anticipated deliverables include a report on performance related to specific program goals and NPO tasks, as well as structural and cross cutting issues. The project will conduct on-site visits to the NPO and a sample of grantees; telephone interviews with grantees; examination of grantee evaluation designs and actual implementation of evaluations; and will examine the progress being made by the 11 initial grantees in implementing their evaluations.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $200,000.00

Awarded on: 5/19/2008

Time frame: 6/1/2008 - 6/30/2009

Grant Number: 64419


Urban Institute

2100 M Street, N.W.
Washington, 20037-1207


Harry P. Hatry
Project Director