Colby's Commentary: And the Winners of 2010 Year in Research are...

While the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is busy counting votes for the best picture and best score in 2010 motion pictures, in Princeton, we’re busy counting up votes, too. And while the Academy Awards won’t be announced until next month, here at RWJF, it’s time to recognize our partners, the research grantees—the people we depend upon to develop the evidence about what matters and to assess what works. From its origins, the Foundation valued evidence-based grantmaking. Early studies helped us assess, "Does the emergency medical system work?" and "Who has access to care?"

Every December, we reflect on the research published over the past 12 months and select a number of peer-reviewed research articles produced by our grantees that we feel had major impact on research or influenced the field. This year we nominated 20 articles based on their RWJF Web site popularity. We then invited you to help choose the five articles representing RWJF’s Most Influential Research Articles of 2010.

Voter turnout on the first day was a mad dash with people trying to fit voting into their busy schedules before the official start of the holiday season. Voters hailed from 48 states, including the District of Columbia. Voting came to a close just as the elves scurried off to the North Pole.

I'd like to extend our sincere congratulations to the grantees whose articles represent 2010's most influential research.

1) "Measuring Population Health Outcomes," by RG Parrish
2) "Federal Food Policy and Childhood Obesity," by R Kimbro Tolbert and E Rigby
3) "Racial/Ethnic Differences in Early-Life Risk Factors for Childhood Obesity," by EM Taveras, MW Gillman, K Kleinman, JW Rich-Edwards and SL Rifas-Shiman
4) "Measuring the Impact of Public Health Policy," by RC Brownson, R Seiler and AA Eyler
5) "The Role of Nurse Practitioners in Reinventing Primary Care," by MC Naylor and ET Kurtzman

To our nominees, we value your research contributions and hope you continue to make enormous strides in research and evaluation of health and health care. And of course, many thanks to those that participated this year and cast a vote! If you have suggestions on how we can make this better next year, share them with me on Twitter.

David C. Colby, Vice President Research & Evaluation