Data Across Sectors for Health Initiative: Formative Evaluation Report
- The DASH initiative’s value to community collaboratives lies in its role as a convener, information resource, and provider of seed capital.
- Initial results from cross-sector data sharing were used to identify trends and patterns at the community level and address social determinants of health.
Data Across Sectors for Health (DASH) is one of several initiatives in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s (RWJF’s) ongoing efforts to build a Culture of Health and promote health equity. DASH supports collaboratives of community organizations focused on cross-sector data sharing to address social determinants of health. As the initiative entered its second phase, its focus expanded from providing support to 10 exemplar communities (DASH 1.0) to offering broader reach through a network of 125 community collaboratives connected through the All In: Data for Community Health online network (DASH 2.0). This network offers tools to support cross-sector data sharing within these collaboratives and provides a forum through which these communities can interact and learn from one another. This report summarizes findings from an interim formative evaluation of DASH 2.0.