Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Policies for Action: Public Policy Research to Advance Racial Equity and Racial Justice

The goal of this Policies for Action (P4A) call for proposals (CFP) is to build the evidence base about how national, state, and local policies can decrease racial inequities in health and well-being in the United States.

The research funded under this CFP must: (1) focus on studying the potential impact of a specific federal, state, or local policy; (2) be intentional about maintaining a focus on racial equity and racial justice in its processes and outcomes; (3) use principles of equitable evaluation; (4) incorporate meaningful and authentic community engagement into the work; and (5) advance community driven solutions that come from the groups of people most directly impacted by structural racism. For this CFP, we also encourage, but do not require, that the proposed research examines the impact of policy changes on health and well-being outcomes.

Methods and designs that have been successful in the past vary and include natural experiments; implementation research; microsimulation studies; randomized controlled trials; linkages and analyses of existing data sources; mixed-methods analyses; and qualitative research. Various data sources can be proposed to be analyzed, such as social service and other public records; restricted-access survey or administrative data; social media data; and marketing data. Given that it can take a long time to gain access to restricted data, preference will be given to investigators who already have access to any restricted-use data proposed, as well as data that is disaggregated by race/ethnicity and relevant subgroups.

Investigators may also propose research that would serve as a continuation or supplement to other existing programs or research studies.