Improving Care at the End of Life

How the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Its Grantees Built the Field


This retrospective evaluation of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's (RWJF) end-of-life programs brings a specific lens to the presentation of that work: how can a funder understand what it takes "to build a field?"

This report describes what the authors learned about RWJF's role in building the end-of-life care field, illustrated through the story of the Foundation's investments, relationships, decisions and approach. Through the Foundation's deep relationships with actors in the field, they not only helped to put building blocks in place, but also activated many of the essential dynamics that allow a field to come together and grow strong.

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