The Program Being Evaluated
Consumer Voices for Coverage: Strengthening State Advocacy Networks to Expand Health Coverage (CVC) is an initiative designed and funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to establish state-based consumer health advocacy networks, elevate the voice of the consumer in debates on state health care reform, and achieve policy outcomes that expand health care coverage, with a goal of reaching comprehensive coverage in these states: California, Colorado, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Washington.
Major Evaluative Topics and Questions
The evaluation, led by Judith Woodridge of Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. (MPR), addresses two overarching questions:
- How effective were RWJF funds in increasing the capacity of advocacy groups at the state level?
- To what extent did consumer advocacy influence the policy process to promote health insurance coverage?
Summary of Methods
To address these questions, MPR proposed a flexible, participatory approach using mixed methods and a variety of data sources. Data collected from the 12 sites will undergo both cross-site and chronological analyses to determine program effectiveness and advocacy types associated with changes in public policy.
Products and Dissemination
During the evaluation, MPR will identify and communicate emerging lessons to RWJF, the NPO and the grantees; provide timely feedback; and offer guidance for future advocacy projects. Issue briefs, presentations and reports are available below.
Evaluation of Consumer Voices for Coverage: Strengthening State Advocacy Networks to Expand Health Coverage
- 1. State Policy-Makers' Views on the Role of Consumer Advocates in Health Policy Discussions
- 2. Building State-Level Advocacy Networks
- 3. Building Advocacy Capacity
- 4. Summary of Focus Group Sessions at the 2008 Annual Grantee Meeting
- 5. Leadership Team Member Organizations and Coalition Structures
- 6. State Policymaker Views on the Role of Consumer Advocacy Groups in Health Coverage Policy Development
- 7. Defining, Building, and Measuring Capacity