Evaluation of the Community Solutions for Health Equity (CSHE) Program

Client: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Topic Areas: Advocacy and community engagement; Grant-making programs; Healthcare delivery systems; Social determinants of health
Service: Participatory Evaluation

ICH is the evaluator for the Community Solutions for Health Equity (CSHE) program, a grant-making program supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and run by Community Catalyst (CC). The CSHE program works with populations disproportionately affected by structural racism and other inequitable policies and systems, equipping community organizations with the resources and technical assistance needed to influence health care systems to be more responsive to their needs. During this first year, ICH used a mixed-methods approach to evaluate the application and selection phases of the program. We did multiple interviews and surveys with different stakeholders, collecting qualitative and quantitative data from individuals who expressed interest in the program but did not apply, applicants who submitted an LOI, and applicants who were selected to submit a full proposal. We also interviewed RWJF and CC staff involved  in the creation and implementation of  the program, and  reviewers of the LOI and proposal submissions. This year’s data collection strategies have given us the opportunity to apply equitable evaluation principles, as well as help advise and provide relevant data to our partners as they continue to build and identify best practices for the CSHE program. The data collected have allowed us to gain insight into how RWJF and CC have worked to incorporate the CSHE goals into the implementation of the grant, and we will build upon this learning as we move forward with the next phase of the program evaluation.