Sustaining national efforts at quality improvement in public health through creation of a collaborative online exchange, 2012-2014

The Foundation's program, Strengthening the Community of Practice: Accreditation and Quality Improvement in Public Health, was designed to strengthen and expand the community of practice for accreditation and quality improvement (QI) of public health agencies through three interacting activities: three meetings, a QI minigrant program, and development of an online, searchable repository of public health QI projects conducted by practitioners.This project will create the Practice Exchange, a collaborative online resource that will increase users' knowledge and application of quality improvement QI in public health practice. Under this program contract, Research Triangle Institute (RTI) staff will collect and organize the expanding number of QI projects conducted by health departments and their partners in an online clearinghouse, make it easy for users to search for interventions and tools relevant to their needs, and create an online forum for dialogue and learning. Deliverables will include: (1) a website developed through a user-centered design process; (2) at least 125 QI projects organized and available for query on the online site by the end of this contract; (3) engagement of an expert panel to review submitted projects and provide a variety of online learning opportunities; (4) an active online user community for public health QI through a variety of Web 2.0 and social-media approaches; (5) monitoring and evaluation of site use and impact on QI performance among users; and (6) suggestions for ways to offset the cost of operating the Practice Exchange.The website will be the home and centralized communication hub for the project, providing a platform for public health stakeholders to learn about QI successes and challenges, and to share information and resources with peers. The Practice Exchange will lead to greater adoption of QI, aid in achieving public health accreditation, and result in greater efficiency and effectiveness in public health practice. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation will own the Practice Exchange under this program contract, which will allow the Foundation greater flexibility in determining the most appropriate home for the website after its development is complete.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $1,999,912.00

Awarded on: 3/19/2012

Time frame: 3/15/2012 - 3/14/2014

Grant Number: 69839


Research Triangle Institute (RTI)

3040 East Cornwallis Road
P.O. Box 12194
Research Triangle Park, 27709-2194


Barbara Leah Massoudi
Project Director


Jamie Pina
Project Director