Policies for Action (P4A) is a research program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) administered by the Urban Institute. The program works by funding investigator-initiated grants at institutions across the country.
The Policies for Action program (P4A) funds research identifying policies, laws, and other regulatory tools in the public and private sectors that can support RWJF’s mission to build a Culture of Health.
By law, private foundations like the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) are prohibited from lobbying or financially supporting any lobbying efforts of its staff, grantees, or other partners. But as researchers working on high-profile policy issues, it is not always clear if our activities could be considered lobbying. As part of our “Turning research into action” series, we explain how to promote your findings to inform the public and evidence-based policies—without lobbying.
A few weeks ago, we sat down with a group of local decision-makers to find out how they think about and use research, and what facilitates or hampers acting on research to develop evidence-based policies.
Despite the billions of dollars spent each year on health care in this country, too many Americans are falling behind on key indicators of health and well-being. Yet, health care is just one piece of the puzzle.