Evaluation of the Voices for Health Justice 2.0 Program

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

ICH is the evaluator for the second round of the Voices for Health Justice program (Voices 2.0), funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), building upon our evaluation of the initial round of the program. Voices 2.0 provides funding and technical assistance to 25 grantee organizations and their subgrantee partners in 23 states. The overarching goal of the program is to build power in communities and increase access and affordability in health care by sharing resources with organizations committed to health justice, racial justice, and anti-racism. ICH is using a participatory and utilization-focused approach guided by the principles of equitable evaluation. This approach means, among other things, that we are intentional in recognizing and valuing the expertise that grantees and other stakeholders have and incorporating their input in the evaluation design and methods. We are also ensuring that our work explores the contexts programs are operating in and how this impacts the goals and strategies in different states. Building on our evaluation of Voices 1.0, we are seeking to understand and document how the program has evolved from the previous grant cycle and how successful it is in building community power to fight health inequities. The Voices 2.0 evaluation began with an initial design phase in which we worked closely with the Steering Committee overseeing the grant program, an Evaluation Advisory Committee (EAC) made up of state grantees and subgrantees, and two additional advisors with deep experience and expertise in power-building to guide the development of our evaluation plan. We will continue to work with our EAC throughout the evaluation to ensure we regularly incorporate community input into our plans and that we elevate the priorities and perspectives of program stakeholders with diverse experiences. Over the course of the program, we will be conducting interviews with Steering Committee members, technical assistance providers, and grantees to learn about program implementation. State teams will also be asked to complete a social network analysis (SNA) survey for three time points, which ICH will use to better understand the developing relationships among grantee organizations. We will also work closely with six state programs as case studies to delve more deeply into the details of their experience with Voices in a context-specific manner. Through the evaluation, we seek to gather data about the impact of the program and to generate actionable recommendations about how funders can support local efforts to build community power for health justice.