Projects

Evaluation of the Transforming Public Health Data Systems to Advance Health Equity Initiative

2021-2024

Project Overview

Objective

To assess progress toward a modern, equity-oriented public health data system through RWJF’s $50 million in grant investments and recommendations from a National Commission to Transform Public Health Data Systems convened in 2020 and 2021.

Project Motivation

RWJF launched the Transforming Public Health Data Systems Initiative in response to gaps in the U.S. public health data system revealed by the COVID-19 pandemic and recognition that the system is rooted in structural racism that impacts data collection, analysis, interpretation, and access. RWJF commissed Mathematica to support the evaluation given our work at the intersection of public health, health care, and other social sectors and our organizations’ established partnership.

Partners in Progress

Through this evaluation, we will have the opportunity to collaborate with a variety of evaluators, community partners, and subject matter experts from historically under resourced and marginalized communities.

Prepared For

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Mathematica is evaluating RWJF’s $50 million investment in projects to advance a more modern, equity-oriented public health data system through the Transforming Public Health Data System Initiative.

To chart a course for an equity-centered data system, RWJF convened a National Commission to Transform Public Health Data Systems and invested $9.75 million to kickstart the initiative. The Commission was informed by a background analysis and four white papers developed by the RAND Corporation and findings from a portfolio of quick-strike grants to support and catalyze action. RWJF released recommendations from the National Commission in October 2021 and committed $50 million in additional funding for a range of projects to advance a more equitable public health data system. In December 2021, RWJF commissioned Mathematica to lead a large-scale evaluation of RWJF’s investments in the transformation of public-health and health-related data systems to improve health equity at national, state, and local levels.

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