Evidence for Action (E4A), a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), funds
research that expands the evidence base needed to build a Culture of Health. Our mission is to support
rigorously designed quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research that yields convincing findings
regarding the population health, well-being, and equity impacts of specific policies, programs and
partnerships. We are especially interested in research examining the health impacts of programmatic or
policy interventions that address factors outside the domain of health care services or public health
In the context of the E4A program, population health refers to the health outcomes of a group of
individuals, including the distribution of such outcomes within the group. Health is defined broadly to
include physical, mental, and well-being outcomes; and equity—just and fair inclusion—is achieved by
environments, systems, and policies that support equal access to opportunity.
Evidence generated through E4A should aid practitioners and policymakers in setting priorities and
allocating resources. While E4A primarily targets research that directly tests the impacts of programmatic
or policy interventions on health outcomes, a smaller portfolio of grants is dedicated to the development
and validation of key measures of health, well-being, and equity outcomes.
Achieving a Culture of Health requires unprecedented collaboration from communities, policymakers,
businesses and others. With input from partners and colleagues across the country, RWJF developed a
Culture of Health Action Framework to catalyze a national movement toward improved health, well-being,
and equity. This Framework guides E4A’s program strategy. Visit www.cultureofhealth.org to
learn more about the Action Framework and RWJF’s vision for building a Culture of Health.