RWJF Retrospectives

A collection of topic-based reports that evaluate the impact and outcomes of a group of RWJF programs with a common goal, conducted by an independent evaluator.

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RWJF is committed to fostering a Culture of Health through the pursuit of solutions to key health issues that are evidence-based, measurable, and equitable. A major prong of our strategy is to fund programs that are meant to work together synergistically, linking together the leaders of change so they can join forces and build small victories into a national movement. This collection of assessment reports, which are conducted by independent evaluators, explores the evolution of the Foundation's strategies and goals around a particular body of work, and evaluates what we achieved and the overall effectiveness of the Foundation's approach. 

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Investing in People

March 6, 2015 | Report

Over the course of over 40 years, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has invested over $1 billion in its individual support programs. Learn about the strategic vision and some of the outcomes in this retrospective report.


Two Decades of Investment in Substance-Use Prevention and Treatment

March 1, 2014 | Report

This retrospective analysis assesses RWJF’s 20-year investment to reduce harm from alcohol and other drugs in the U.S.


Chronic Care Programs

August 1, 2012 | Report

A broad overview of RWJF’s chronic illness-related programs--their outcomes and their impact on the systems of care for persons with chronic illnesses and disabilities.


The Tobacco Campaigns

April 1, 2011 | Report

A retrospective assessment of RWJF's work in tobacco over a 20-year period, 1991-2010.


Improving Care at the End of Life

March 1, 2011 | Report

This retrospective evaluation of RWJF's 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?"

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