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Demonstrating the Power of Evidence-Based Programs on Major U.S. Social Problems

Grant Amount: $1M to $5M
Deadline: Continuous
Category: Social Science, Social Work,
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A central goal of U.S. evidence-based policy reform is to focus government and philanthropic funding on social programs and practices (“interventions”) that have credible evidence of meaningful positive effects on people’s lives. The imperative for doing so is clear: Most social interventions are unfortunately found not to produce the hoped-for effects when rigorously evaluated – a pattern that occurs not just in social spending but in other fields, such as medicine and business. Thus, without a strong focus on evidence-based interventions, it is hard to see how social spending can successfully address poverty, educational failure, violence, drug abuse, and other critical U.S. problems.

The Laura and John Arnold Foundation’s (LJAF) Moving the Needle initiative seeks to spur expanded implementation of such interventions in order to make significant headway against U.S. social problems. Specifically, the initiative is designed to encourage state or local jurisdictions, or other entities, to:
1. Adopt social interventions shown in well-conducted randomized controlled trials (RCTs) to produce large, sustained effects on important life outcomes;
2. Implement these interventions on a sizable scale with close adherence to their key features; and
3. Determine, through a replication RCT, whether the large effects found in prior research are successfully reproduced so as to move the needle on important social problems.

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Public Understanding of Science, Technology & Economics

Grant Amount: Less than $4M
Deadline: Continuous
Category: Science, Social Science,
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The program’s primary aim is to build bridges between the two cultures of science and the humanities and to develop a common language so that they can better understand and speak to one another–and ultimately to grasp that they belong to a single common culture.

The Foundation has established a nationwide strategy that focuses on books, theater, film, television, radio, and new media to commission, develop, produce, and distribute new work mainstreaming science and technology for the lay public.

– Books
– Film
– New Media
– Radio
– Television
– Theater

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation – Evidence for Action

Grant Amount: up to ~$500,000
Deadline: Open/Rolling
Category: Health Sciences, Social Science,
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Evidence for Action, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, funds research that expands the evidence needed to build a Culture of Health. A Culture of Health is broadly defined as one in which good health and well-being flourish across geographic, demographic, and social sectors; public and private decision-making is guided by the goal of fostering equitable communities; and everyone has the opportunity to make choices that lead to healthy lifestyles. The foundation’s Culture of Health Action Framework, which was developed to catalyze a national movement toward improved health, well-being, and equity, guides program strategy. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis; there is no deadline. Applicants are notified within 6-9 weeks of their submission. Applicants invited to the full proposal stage will have 2 months to submit their proposal once they receive notification. There is not an explicit range for allowable budget requests. You should request the amount of funding you will need to complete your proposed research project – including both direct and indirect costs for the entire duration of your study. Typical grant durations may be up to 36 months, with some exceptions when durations of up to 48 months are justified. Visit the Grantee section of this website for a sense of the number and size of grants funded by E4A at http://www.evidenceforaction.org/grantees.

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