Aligning Forces For Quality (AF4Q)

A Collection of Research Evaluation Briefs, 2009-2010

Evaluation of RWJF's Aligning Forces for Quality program

Aligning Forces for Quality, an eight-year initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, lifted the overall quality and value of care in 16 targeted communities across the United States. The following briefs evaluate various initiatives and aspects of this program.

Aggregating Data for Public Reporting

This brief describes and evaluates how AF4Q alliances address three challenges to their data aggregation efforts: (1) developing partnerships needed to carry out data aggregation activities, (2) overcoming technical issues, and (3) securing financing.

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Building a Community Quality Report at the Physician Practice Level

This brief describes and evaluates the Puget Sound Health Alliance (the Alliance's) Community Checkup, its first public report containing quality measures for physician clinics in the area.

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Collecting Race, Ethnicity and Primary Language Data in Physician Practices

This brief produced by Penn State University describes how AF4Q participant Minnesota Community Measurement (MNCM) works with medical groups in Minnesota to standardize the collection of race, ethnicity, and primary language data.  

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Consumer Engagement Challenges for Chartered Value Exchanges

This brief produced by Penn State University examines Aligning Forces for Quailty's success in engaging consumers as integral participants in promoting public reporting and advancing quality improvement.  

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Site Feedback on Early Technical Assistance

This brief produced by Penn State University summarizes feedback from key informants in the Aligning Forces for Quality (AF4Q) sites regarding the Foundation-sponsored technical assistance they received during the initial years of the project.

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The Challenges of Capacity Building

This research brief produced by Penn State University presents preliminary findings on capacity building within the AF4Q alliances based on qualitative data collected from interviews conducted with key stakeholders in four AF4Q alliances that were early entrants to the initiative.

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