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MAI, in partnership with Research for Action (RFA), commissioned by the Wallace Foundation, summarized the evidence on the effectiveness of out of school time programs within the context of the Every Student Succeeds Act. "Afterschool Programs: A Review of Evidence Under the Every Student Succeeds Act," reviews research from 2000 to 2017 and finds 128 afterschool programs with research that meets the requirements of ESSA’s top three tiers. Download the final report here!

Community Initiatives

Culture of Health Assessment 
Funder: The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Project Time Period: 2015

Project Category: Health/Formative Evaluation

About the Culture of Health Assessment: The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) was interested in learning more about the facilitators and barriers to creating a community culture of health through a content review of qualitative site visit data collected from 15 finalists in the 2015 RWJF Culture of Health Awards.

The Work: MAI staff led a content analysis, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, to learn more about the facilitators and barriers to creating a community culture of health. We analyzed data collected through two key data sources: 1) community reports, and 2) site visits guides. Our analysis was also informed by: 1) a review of publicly available information about the Prize and the communities, and 2) semi-structured interviews with Culture of Health Prize staff.   

What We Learned: The program has successfully supported a diverse range of projects including: health behavior modification, clinical care improvement, addressing social and economic factors related to health, and building physical environment in support of healthy living.