ICH is the evaluator for Voices for Health Justice (VHJ), a program funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and run by Community Catalyst with support from Community Change and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. The VHJ program provides funding and technical assistance for 25 grantee organizations across 24 states, along with subgrantee partners. The overarching goal is to build power in communities experiencing disproportionate health inequities to improve the health care system’s accessibility, affordability, and ability to treat all people with dignity. ICH’s evaluation draws from utilization-focused and equitable evaluation approaches and emphasizes participation and real-time learning. Through the evaluation, we seek to understand the outcomes of the grantee projects and the VHJ program overall, and to contribute to knowledge about building policy infrastructure and community power for health justice.
ICH is currently facilitating a participatory process with program partners and grantees to co-develop an evaluation plan for the three-year VHJ program. As part of this process, ICH has convened an Evaluation Advisory Committee of representatives from grantee and sub-grantee organizations to participate in the creation of a logic model and evaluation plan via asynchronous data collection and virtual design sessions. We are also hosting monthly reflection sessions with VHJ steering committee members to discuss progress and findings, reflect strategically on next steps, and identify necessary modifications to program and evaluation activities. ICH is also conducting an environmental scan consisting of literature review and expert interviews, and will prepare a white paper with findings. The environmental scan aims to identify best practices for community power building and associated measurement approaches; strategies for tracking policy change and understanding contribution and attribution; and the ways in which structural racism impacts and interacts with community power-building.