Enrolling the Eligible: Lessons for Funders
Authors: Stevens, Beth; Hoag, Sheila Dunleavy; Wooldridge, Judith
Source: The Foundation Review, 1 March 2010, vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 10-23(14)
Abstract:This article describes the results of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's work to increase enrollment in social programs. The primary strategies employed were outreach, simplification, and coordination. Simplification included making application forms less complex and allowing for mail-in renewal. Examples of coordination activities included creating one application for both Medicaid and SCHIP and instituting processes that simultaneously assessed eligibility for both programs. The authors suggest that the life cycle of the program – start-up, maturity, or perpetuation/death – must be considered by funders in both what is funded and how it is evaluated.
Document Type: Research Article