Identifying and Understanding Benchmarks of Success among Community Health Systems Improvement Initiatives
The impetus for this investigation began with an inquiry from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation staff about what is known about benchmarks for success at different stages of community coalition implementation, and the likelihood of success in achieving stated outcomes for community health improvement. A systematic review of the literature, and the systematic review of relevant data from community investments should yield a new understanding and answer this critical question of benchmarks for success.This project will pull together a team of community practitioners and researchers with a broad history of working in this area. This Learning Community will include members of the Center for Community Health and Development (formerly known as the KU Work Group for Community Health and Development), the RWJF staff, key persons from previously and currently funded RWJF initiatives who are nominated by RWJF staff, the RWJF Community Health Network, and a select group of others with insight into community partnership development. The group will identify those working assumptions and hypotheses, collect or assemble data from a diverse set of community health improvement initiatives, and examine those data for a better understanding of what is known and not known about the structure and functioning of community health improvement initiatives.
Vincent T. Francisco, Ph.D.
4058 Dole Human Development Center
1000 Sunnyside Avenue
University of Kansas
Lawrence, Kansas 66045