DASH Community Impact Contracts

Call for Applications

Data Across Sectors for Health (DASH) is excited to announce a new call for applications for Community Impact Contracts. DASH aims to help multi-sector collaborations catalyze their efforts to share and use data to improve health, equity, and build a culture of health in their communities. View past awardees for examples of projects that are have been funded to date.

Program-specific goals

  • Strengthen established collaboratives’ ability to develop data systems that span sectors and bring in new stakeholders
  • Support key elements or deliverables that help collaborations move data-sharing efforts forward
  • Identify key ways that collective learning and action accelerate and promote these activities
  • Develop cohorts that share a focus to pursue equity (especially racial health equity) in multi-sector data system development intended to improve community health, well-being, and equity
  • Increase sustainable capacity of community-based social service organizations to lead and leverage collaboration and data system development intended to improve community health, well-being, and equity

Award information

Data Across Sectors for Health (DASH) is making contracts of up to $25,000 available to community collaborations to support targeted, short-term activities that build skills and capacity at the community or regional level to: 

  • Engage partners from multiple sectors in planning for shared data systems that promote health equity,
  • Systematically share data across sectors, and/or 
  • Design or implement initiatives based on shared multi-sector data that support community goals.

We aim to create two cohorts of approximately 5 projects each by the end of 2020, and intend to contract with subject matter experts to provide awardees with technical assistance and support in the specified area.

For this opportunity, we are looking for projects that build collaboration and data-sharing capacity that specifically address: 

  1. Pursuing equity (especially racial health equity) in data systems development intended to improve community health, well-being and equity, for instance:
    • Prioritizing community voice and sharing leadership with people with lived experience of racial or other types of injustice or health inequity at all stages of the data lifecycle.
    • Building equitable data governance and collaboration governance approaches.
    • Using community-level data to engage community residents and project partners, create dialogue and understanding about upstream causes of health and well being, and/or spur action.
    • Investigating and addressing the risks, benefits and unintended negative consequences of data collection, sharing and use.
    • Centering equity as part of informed consent and access to data.
    • Other related innovations or existing work for addressing equity throughout data integration.
  2. Increasing sustainable capacity of community-based social service organizations to lead and leverage collaboration and data system development intended to improve community health, well-being and equity, for instance:
    • Highlighting the impact and leadership of non-clinical health and human service service sectors in health, well-being and equity.
    • Leveraging the ongoing relationships between community residents, leaders, and people with lived experience and the community-based organizations that employ, serve and support them.
    • Other related work needed to aggregate data from multiple sectors for population health and well-being improvement, or build the use of community data into ongoing multi-sector, community-engaged improvement initiatives.

Note that if your project does not fit into one of these areas, there may be additional cohorts in 2021.  We invite you to contact us with ideas for potential cohort themes and subject matter leaders.  

Application resources

  • Download the program brochure to learn more about eligibility/selection criteria, expectations, and how to apply.
  • Read answers to FAQs that have been submitted for past calls for applications.
  • Follow this link to the online application system where you can download a sample application.

Who should apply?

Members of local collaborations that have an actionable opportunity to advance their community’s data-sharing efforts, particularly addressing equity throughout data integration or increasing Community-Based Organization capacity to lead or sustain data system alignment that promotes a shared vision of a just, equitable, thriving community, are encouraged to apply. In order to be considered for funding, applicants must be a member of the All In online community at the time of application.

How to join All In

If you’re new to All In, the first step to join is to sign up for the online community and create an individual member profile. If you do so by the application deadline, you will be eligible for CIC-START funding.

CIC START awardees will be expected to participate in additional All In activities during the contract period, including completing the All In capacity assessment and attending virtual and/or in-person events.

How to apply

On October 14, DASH will open the applications for two cohorts with the deadline to submit by November 13, 2020. If you are interested in submitting a proposal, click this link to open the application system hosted by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (you will need to register there in order to apply if you do not already have an account)

Application deadlines

Cohorts 1 and 2 is open for proposals October 14, 2020 and will close November 13. Please see the DASH website for current details. Succeeding cohort opportunities will be announced in 2021 through the DASH site and All In newsletter.

Informational Webinar

On October 22, DASH hosted a webinar to give potential applicants the chance to learn more about the CIC-Cohort funding opportunity and to ask any questions about the overall application process. View the session here.

For more information on this program visit dashconnect.org/cic/

Timeline

  • October 14 – Application system opens – Apply Now.  Please note: the application is hosted on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation application system, so you and your collaborators will need to register for the system if you have not yet done so for other opportunities.
  • October 21, 3:30 PM ET – Optional applicant webinar. View here.
  • November 13, 3:30 PM ET – Application deadline (early submissions are very welcome)
  • December 21, 2020 – Awardees notified
  • January 4, 2021 – June 30, 2021 – performance period 
  • July 31, 2021 – Final reports and deliverables due

Questions?

Please direct all questions regarding the DASH CIC initiative to info@dashconnect.org with the subject line: “CIC-Cohort.” You can also read answers to FAQs that were submitted about previous calls for applications.