Putting local data to work

Local governments, philanthropic organizations, and nonprofits need to access and interpret data for decision-making. People across sectors can use data to pinpoint and address long-standing disparities so that everyone can have fair and just opportunities to lead healthy and productive lives. 

To support local communities in taking informed action, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Urban Institute partnered to award $3.7 million in grants through the following three programs to 35 organizations across the United States:  

The selected grantees and their partners put data to work to better understand local issues and design innovative cross-sector solutions that promote healthy and equitable communities. The aims of these three grant programs are to: 

  • Empower organizations across the country to use data on health outcomes, life expectancy, and community conditions to shed light on geographic and racial disparities.

  • Encourage communities to leverage data to engage with local community members and policymakers to generate informed conversations that lead to action; and 

  • Elevate strategies that other communities can replicate by sharing each grantee’s data practices and solutions. 


Get to know the grantees and their funded projects and stay tuned for updates on the status of their important work. 

Explore the map to see where our grantees are located

  • 500 Cities Data Challenge
  • Visualizing and Powering Healthy Lives
  • Data for COVID-19 Response & Recovery