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Admitting failure is hard, but that is only the first step. Learning from failure is the crucial second step and the one that makes admitting failure so valuable. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation spend $31 million on the SUPPORT demonstration to improve end of life care. The evaluation of SUPPORT found no changes in end of life care due to the intervention. RWJF and the Soros Foundation took the lessons from this failed program and developed grant making that improved end of life care in the United States. This example of failure and others at RWJF are available for free in four chapters in the RWJF Anthology XIII: Good Ideas at the Time, New Direction, Midcourse, The National Health Care Purchasing Institute, and The Role of Failure in Philanthropic Learning. They provide valuable follow-up reading to this column. David Colby, former V.P. for Research & Evaluation at RWJF
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