Applicant Technical Assistance

Technical Assistance

Evidence for Action (E4A) offers two Technical Assistance (TA) Services to applicants proposing to evaluate an innovative or important intervention to address a critical population health issue, but without sufficient rigor of design or capacity to conduct research, are given the option to receive Design Consultation or Matching Services. To participate in either service, applicants may either be referred after submitting a Letter of Intent (LOI) or may request participation prior to LOI submission. Read the Frequently Asked Questions below.

Matching Service

Our Matching Service, provided by Accelerating Collaborations for Evaluation (ACE)​, facilitates partnerships between organizations implementing community-level initiatives (e.g., non-profits, community-based organizations, social service or government agencies, etc.) and researchers to design and conduct a rigorous evaluation of those interventions. 

Design Consultation

Design Consultation is a service provided by E4A team members in which we work with applicants to improve the rigor, feasibility, and impact of their proposed research study while preserving the core aims of their original proposal.

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Design Consultation

There is no cost to applicants for participation in Design Consultation.

A typical consultation consists of two to three phone calls in addition to periodic email communication. The total time spent engaging with E4A staff ranges from two to four hours. Applicants can choose to end participation in Design Consultation at any time. 

No, participation in Design Consultation does not guarantee invitation to submit a Full Proposal or eventual funding from E4A or any other RWJF funding program.

Applicants may be referred to Design Consultation after submision of a Letter of Intent (LOI) through the E4A Call for Proposals. Applicants may also request to participate in Design Consultation prior to LOI submission.  

The Design Consultation Service will be provided by E4A leadership and staff.

Matching Service

Applicants who wish to be matched with a research partner may be referred after submitting a Letter of Intent (LOI) or may request participation prior to LOI submission. You may indicate your interest in being referred to the Matching Service by checking the box in the Project Information Questions section of the application. Note that requesting the Matching Service does not result in automatic referral.

There is no cost to applicants associated with being matched with a researcher through the Matching Service. Resources may be provided to offset costs associated with facilitating communications and establishing working partnerships between applicants and researchers.

As this is a new service being provided, it is unclear what the time commitment will be for participation in the Matching Service. Referred applicants may decide to end participation at any time. 

The Matching Service is provided in partnership with Accelerating Collaborations for Evaluation (ACE)​ at Johns Hopkins University, selected through our Matching Services Call for Proposals.

Our goals are that referred applicants are paired with appropriate researchers and form productive, long-lasting partnerships. These partners may work toward a submission of a new application to E4A for funding, but they may also pursue alternative funding or work on other projects together, such as development of plans for baseline data collection; design of a pilot or demonstration project; or development of a full research plan to be implemented.

When an applicant is referred to the Matching Service, a Partnership Acceleration Liaison (PAL) will work with the applicant to understand the needs of project and team, and to identify and propose suitable research partners. Once the applicant has approved a research partner, the PAL will facilitate initial correspondence and help establish the match. After being matched, referred applicants meet (virtually or in person) with their research partner(s) on a mutually agreeable schedule to discuss the project. Together, partners may decide to submit a new application for E4A funding (or funding from another source) or may decide that further work is necessary before applying for funding. There is no guarantee of E4A funding for applicants who participate in the Matching Service.

If you are interested in being considered as a potential research partner for a referred applicant, please fill out this form. Your information will be added to a database of potential researchers partners managed by Accelerating Collaborations for Evaluation (ACE), providers of the Matching Service. A link to an on-line CV or biography are required for the submission. Due to the rolling nature of the E4A program and the specific needs of applicants, not all researchers will be contacted for matching.