How SONNET came to be

The Social Needs Network for Evaluation and Translation (SONNET) was created from Kaiser Permanente's vision to address the Social, Economic and Behavioral Needs (SEBN) of our members.

Kaiser Permanente executives and leaders within Kaiser Permanente’s National Community Health Program identified groups of front-line clinicians and operational leaders across KP regions implementing programs to identify members with social needs and refer them to community organizations for services that KP did not provide. They recognized the need to improve communication among these efforts, increase the rigor of evaluation design and analysis, standardize the choice of measures, and share the learnings from these programs.

KP National leadership turned to the KP research departments to develop a network of experts in areas of research and evaluation to help accomplish these goals. These experts comprise the Steering Committee and have expertise in measurement of social needs and intervention outcomes, health plan staff and community engagement, intervention design, program evaluation and advanced analytics. Leadership asked John Steiner (Senior Investigator at the Institute for Health Research [IHR]) at Kaiser Permanente Colorado to lead the network.