National Programs

Understanding The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Approach to Grantmaking

In this chapter of the Anthology, the chief learning officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, examines the historical roots of the national program model, explores the factors that led the Foundation to adopt it, discusses the ways in which the model has evolved, and analyzes the issues facing the Foundation as it re-examines its options for making and managing grants. Hughes also assesses the strengths and the weaknesses of this approach to grant management, particularly in the context of the tension between maintaining a small program staff and exercising careful oversight of programs.