Applicant Technical Assistance

Technical Assistance

Evidence for Action (E4A) offers two Technical Assistance (TA) Services to applicants proposing to evaluate an innovative or important intervention to address a critical population health issue, but without sufficient rigor of design or capacity to conduct research are given the option to receive design consultation or matching services. Prior to invitation to participate in either service, applicants must submit a Letter of Intent to our Call for Proposals and meet all E4A applicant eligibility requirements. Scroll down to watch an informational webinar and read the Frequently Asked Questions.

Matching Service

Our Matching Service, provided by Accelerating Collaborations for Evaluation (ACE)​, facilitates partnerships between organizations implementing community-level initiatives (e.g., non-profits, community-based organizations, social service or government agencies, etc.) and researchers to design and conduct a rigorous evaluation of those interventions. 

Design Consultation

Design Consultation is a service provided by E4A team members in which we work with applicants to improve the rigor, feasibility, and impact of their proposed research study while preserving the core aims of their original proposal.

Informational Webinar

Design Consultation

We do not accept requests for design consultation. To be considered for referral to the design consultation service applicants must submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) through an E4A Call for Proposals. Applicants who qualify for consultation will be invited to participate after the LOI review stage of the application process. 

We do not currently have a cap for the number of applicants who may be referred to Design Consultation. We plan to invite all applicants that meet the selection criteria, but may reevaluate our approach if participation exceeds our consultation capacity. 

There is no cost to applicants for participation in the Design Consultation Service.

The Design Consultation Service will be provided by E4A leadership and staff.

A typical consultation consists of two to three phone calls in addition to periodic email communication. The total time spent engaging with E4A staff ranges from two to four hours. Applicants can choose to end participation in the Design Consultation Service at any time. 

No, participation in the Design Consultation Service does not guarantee invitation to submit a Full Proposal or eventual funding from E4A or any other RWJF funding program.

Matching Service

Applicants who wish to participate in matching first need to submit a Letter of Intent (LOI). You may indicate your interest in being referred to the Matching Service in the Statement of Impact section of the application. Those who meet the criteria will be invited to participate in Matching Services at the LOI review stage of the application process. 

As this is a new service, we do not know exactly how many applicants will be invited to participate. Initially, we will refer all applicants who meet the criteria and assess E4A’s and the Matching Team’s capacity after the first several months.

The Matching Service is provided in partnership with Accelerating Collaborations for Evaluation (ACE)​ at Johns Hopkins University, selected through our Matching Services Call for Proposals.

There is no cost to applicants associated with being matched with a researcher through the Matching Service. Resources may be provided to offset costs associated with facilitating communications and establishing working partnerships between applicants and researchers.

As this is a new service being provided, it is unclear what the time commitment will be for participation in the Matching Service. Referred applicants may decide to end participation at any time. 

Depending on the outcome, as described above, referred applicants and their research partner(s) may decide to reapply for E4A funding (or funding from another source) or may decide that further work is necessary before applying for funding. There is no guarantee of E4A funding for applicants who participate in the matching service.

Our goals are that referred applicants are paired with appropriate researchers and that most of these partnerships will result in the submission of a new application to E4A (or another RWJF funding source). Other potential outcomes of a match may include: mutual acknowledgment that a project is not yet ready for rigorous evaluation; development of plans for baseline data collection; design of a pilot or demonstration project; or development of a full research plan to be implemented.