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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Evaluating High-Value Innovations from Low-Resource Communities

Deadline: December 10, 2015

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) is committed to seeking value from all levels of investment in health care, public health, and population health. Grants made through Evaluating High-Value Innovations from Low-Resource Communities will pursue several objectives: 1) to identify promising innovations to improve health being implemented in low-resource communities; 2) to evaluate whether the innovations improve health care quality and health without increasing costs; and 3) to disseminate these innovations as examples for other communities to implement.

Eligible activities:

  • The primary purpose of this call for proposals is to support the evaluation of innovations to improve value, rather than the implementation of innovations. At least 80 percent of funding should be allocated to activities such as evaluation design, sample selection, data collection and acquisition, analysis, and reporting.
  • Evaluations of existing but untested innovations, or innovations that have undergone small pilot tests, are eligible for funding.
  • Innovations that disrupt or displace less effective, less efficient practices are eligible for funding. Modest enhancements or improvements to existing ways of working will not be funded.

Amount: Up to $2,500,000 will be available to fund up to 10 evaluations, with awards averaging $250,000.

Eligibility: Preference will be given to applicants that are either public entities or nonprofit organizations and are not private foundations or Type III supporting organizations. Applicant organizations must be based in the United States or its territories. An organization may submit a proposal to work with an external evaluation partner or to evaluate its own innovation without a partner.

Organizations evaluating innovations in defined geographic areas are eligible to apply if the innovation takes place in one or more neighborhoods where at least 20 percent of residents are living in poverty. Alternatively, applicants are invited to describe their innovation’s intended target populations in terms of income or poverty status, educational attainment, linguistic or cultural isolation, general geographic setting, or other relevant indicators. Although innovations may involve a relatively small target population initially, they should have expansion potential. Thus, eligible innovations will be set in a town, city, county, or cluster of neighboring counties with a population of at least 25,000 people.

Link: http://www.rwjf.org/en/library/funding-opportunities/2015/evaluating-high-value-innovations-from-low-resource-communities.html

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