Data Across Sectors for Health Initiative: Systems Alignment to Enhance Cross-Sector Data Sharing
- The DASH evaluation suggests a positive relationship between sharing data and other components of cross-sector alignment.
- The relationship between implementing alignment components and cross sector data-sharing metrics further suggests the presence of a virtuous cycle, or system, in which strengthening implementation of one component reinforces implementation of others.
- It is unclear whether implementing one alignment component always advances the application of another component.
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. Promoting cross-sector alignment is a common thread throughout many of RWJF’s initiatives, including DASH. This brief considers the activities of community collaboratives, which include diverse organizations working together, participating in the All In: Data for Community Health network—whose national program office is funded through DASH—to implement these components. It also discusses how putting these components into practice affects collaboratives’ cross-sector data-sharing capacity, as measured by data-sharing readiness and data maturity.