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Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned


The following materials developed from the work of the National Program Office and grantees describe lessons learned from the Diabetes Initiative.

The Collaborative Learning Network: An Approach to Maximizing Program Effectiveness

This report presents the approach to providing technical assistance to grantees of the Diabetes Initiative. The report describes the collaboration and synergy among grantees, program staff and advisors that led to program evolution and improvement. It also discusses grantee perceptions
of this type of technical assistance and implications
for quality improvement programs. [Download Report]

Sustainability: a Retrospective Assessment of Diabetes Initiative Projects

One of the goals of the Diabetes Initiative  grantees was to develop and implement strategies that would allow them to sustain their programs when grant funding ended (after 45 months). This report details grantee experience with successful sustainability strategies, identifies threats to sustainability and discusses key ingredients for success in sustaining programs. 

[Download Report] For an overview on successful sustainability of diabetes self-management programs, click here.


The Diabetes Initiative was a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation from 2002 to 2009.
Archived in 2009, this site is a repository for information and resources gathered over the course of the Initiative.