Dr. Albert Wu and Dr. Jill Marsteller, professors in the department of health policy and management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, have received a $625,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johns Foundation to pilot a “matching service” that pairs community health programs with researchers so they can evaluate their programs’ effectiveness.
Dr. Wu is director and Dr. Marsteller is an associate director of the Center for Health Services and Outcomes Research, which is based at the Bloomberg School.
The Matching Service concept is designed to promote a Culture of Health. With a surge in new and innovative health programs cropping up, especially at the community level and in non-health organizations, the programs often do not have the resources or know-how to assess their own programs. The Matching Service addresses that. If communities and researchers can demonstrate the effectiveness of these programs, they can get further support and ultimately serve as a model for others.
During the two-year pilot, Drs. Wu, Marsteller and team will provide a Matching Service, called Accelerating Collaborations for Evaluation (ACE), to connect RWJF Evidence for Action applicants involved in community initiatives with research partners so they can work together to develop or enhance an applicant’s evaluation strategy to obtain future funding – and possibly to discover ways to provide more effective services. The RWJF Evidence for Action program funds research that expands the evidence base needed to build a Culture of Health. It supports rigorously designed research on specific policies, programs and partnerships (especially those outside health care services and public health practice) and how they affect health outcomes.
Dr. Wu’s research areas include community-engaged research, comparative-effectiveness research and patient-centered outcomes research. Dr. Marsteller’s work focuses on implementation and evaluation of evidence-based care in various settings using organizational theory and behavior.