Signature Programs

From its inception, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has been driven by a continuous cycle of research, evaluation and learning. RWJF continues its commitment to developing the evidence base by establishing three signature research programs - Evidence for Action, Policies for Action, and Systems for Action. Together, these programs examine the factors necessary to build a Culture of Health by supporting the generation and dissemination of evidence about what works to improve population health and health equity.

Health Data For Action (HD4A) is a signature research program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. It equips researchers with valuable data—information that can help them better answer questions that build a Culture of Health. HD4A aims to reduce the barriers often faced by researchers who want to access rich data by serving as a conduit between data owners and interested researchers. Through each HD4A funding opportunity, RWJF will make data from unique data owners available to researchers.
Policies for Action (P4A) is a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) based at the Urban Institute. The program explores how policies, laws, and other regulatory tools can support RWJF’s mission to build a Culture of Health as they are put into practice in the public and private sectors.
Systems for Action (S4A) is a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation based at the University of Kentucky College of Public Health. S4A aims to discover and apply new evidence about ways of aligning the delivery and financing systems that support a Culture of Health. S4A seeks to identify system-level strategies for enhancing the reach, quality, efficiency, and equity of services and supports that promote health and well-being on a population-wide basis. S4A builds on its work and experience as the RWJF National Coordinating Center for Public Health Services and Systems Research and Public Health Practice-Based Research Networks.