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grams to strengthen the health and health care workforce, build scholarly work in new targeted fields, and foster leaders and leadership, but that work was scattered across interest areas in the foundation. The Human Capital Portfolio brings these efforts together to increase learning, enhance coordination, and promote greater effectiveness from these diverse programs. This provides the foundation with a tremendous opportunity to learn from its programs. The fellows/scholars programs in this portfolio include:

  • Developing Leadership in Reducing Substance Abuse

  • Generalist Physician Faculty Scholars

  • Health Policy Fellowships Program

  • Harold Amos Medical Faculty Scholars

  • Innovators Combating Substance Abuse

  • Investigator Awards in Health Policy Research Program

  • The Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program

  • The Robert Wood Johnson Community Health Leadership Program

  • The Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellows Program

  • The Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholars Program

  • Scholars in Health Policy Research Program

  • Summer Medical and Dental Education Program


Traditionally, assessments of the foundation’s scholar programs have funded a grantee not connected with the program to collect information from a variety of sources during a short period after the program has been in existence for a number of years. This type of assessment is considered a midcourse review of the program and does not include ongoing data collection over the life of the program. In general, information is obtained from scholars, the program office that administers the program, the national advisory committee, and a few key stakeholders in the fields of interest. Both quantitative and qualitative data are obtained. In retrospect, James Knickman, vice president of research and evaluation at the foundation, thinks that “the external assessments have provided excellent insights for improving our initiatives and they give our staff and board an objective look at the value to date and potential value of these long-term investments.”

Beyond the foundation’s more traditional approach to evaluation and in lieu of randomizing scholars to its programs, a number of evaluation innovations have been attempted. Most evaluations include interviews with scholars, foundation staff, employers, and others involved in the

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