What is Policies for Action?

Policies for Action (P4A) is a signature research program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) administered through the national coordinating center at the Urban Institute. 

Founded in 2015, P4A funds research identifying policies, laws, and other system and community levers in the public and private sectors that can support RWJF’s vision to build a Culture of Health in America. Our goal is to generate actionable evidence about how, and how well, laws and policies work to promote population health, well-being, and equity—the data and information that can guide legislators and other policymakers in their efforts.

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Our Collaborators & Projects

Policies for Action collaborates with five Research Hubs at Temple University, New York University, the University of Illinois at Chicago together with Washington University in St. Louis, the University of Michigan and the Urban Institute. Each brings its own expertise in conducting research that matters at the local, state, and national policy levels in specific areas like housing, transportation, and financing. They also provide strategic support for the program.

Policies for Action also hosts an annual open call for proposals to fund unique, investigator-instigated research projects across a diverse array of issues that contribute to population health, well-being, and equity. 

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