Working with public health practice-based research networks on studies of the effectiveness of quality improvement and accreditation activities

The Foundation's initiative, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Practice-Based Research Network in Public Health, was designed to develop a practice-based research network for public health to help stakeholders understand how public health systems research can be used to improve public health performance and impact.This increase in the Foundation's authorization for this program will fund an additional round of quick-strike grants to the 20 affiliated practice-based research networks (PBRNs) that are not funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Investments in research and evaluation are essential to improving public health practice. Research on the organization, financing, performance and impact of public health departments can help identify the optimal structures, practices and resources that will allow public health agencies to deliver highly effective services to communities. This authorization increase will give practitioners and policy makers access to the evidence they need to decide how best to provide public health services to protect the health of the people in their communities. Together these studies will: (1) establish consensus on priorities for a practice-based agenda for public health systems research (PHSR); (2) encourage new partnerships to address those priorities by developing an information infrastructure for PHSR, including a data-resource and technical assistance center; and (3) translate practice research into real-world application by stimulating demand for and use of PHSR by decision-makers, enabling them to make changes in laws, regulations, financing, organization and processes that will result in measurable improvements in health outcomes and costs.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $199,814.00

Awarded on: 12/15/2010

Time frame: 12/15/2010 - 12/14/2011

Grant Number: 68473


University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

4301 West Markham Street
Little Rock, 72205-7101


Elaine B. Wootten
Project Director