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Inventory of International Organizations: Non-Profit


Brookings Institution, Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform

Location: Washington, D.C.
Website: www.brookings.edu/health.aspx
E-Mail: healthreform@brookings.edu
Organization Leadership: Mark B. McClellan, Director

Mandate

“The Engelberg Center’s mission is to develop data-driven, practical policy solutions that promote broad access to high-quality, affordable, and innovative care in the United States….The focus is on key priority areas that are critical to the kind of reform that will improve not just the health care system, but the health of individual patients.”

Activities

“The Engelberg Center conducts research and makes policy recommendations. Yet, the Center also facilitates the development of new consensus around key issues and provides technical support to implement and evaluate new solutions in collaboration with a broad range of stakeholders…. The focus is on quality and value, financing and payment reform, evidence-based health care, medical innovation, state and regional reform efforts, and health information technology.”

Primary Focus

Economic analysis, operations management, public policy reform

Research Capacity

In-house

Research Interest

Health Economics
Research and Modelling
Operations
Management
Health Human
Resources
Yes Yes Yes

Relevant Research

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European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, WHO

Location: Brussels, London, Berlin, and Moscow
Website: www.euro.who.int/en/home/projects/observatory
E-mail: info@obs.euro.who.int
Organization Leadership: Josep Figueras, Director

Mandate

“The European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies supports and promotes evidence-based health policy-making through comprehensive and rigorous analysis of the dynamics of health systems in Europe and by engaging directly with policy-makers.” It is “a partnership between the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe, the Governments of Belgium, Finland, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and the Veneto Region of Italy, The European Commission, the European Investment Bank, the World Bank, UNCAM (French National Union of Health Insurance Funds), the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM).”

Activities

“The Observatory is at the forefront of international public health policy and systems research…. [Activities include describing and analyzing] health systems and the changes they undergo; utilizing experience from across Europe to illuminate policy issues; looking at selected developed countries outside Europe when the comparisons to be made or the expertise to be garnered support the countries of Europe in taking evidence based decisions; bringing together a wide range of academics, policy-makers and practitioners to analyse trends in health policies and reforms;…communicating effectively with policy-makers through a range of dissemination strategies; encouraging debate about issues raised by research developments; and drawing on the strengths of partner organizations and networks to provide evidence-based advice to national policy-makers.”

Primary Focus

Economic analysis, public policy reform

Research Capacity

In-house

Research Interest

Health Economics
Research and Modelling
Operations
Management
Health Human
Resources
Yes Yes Yes

Relevant Research

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Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Location: Menlo Park, California               
Website: www.kff.org
Tel.: 650-854-9400
Organization Leadership: Drew Altman, President and Chief Executive Officer

Mandate

“A leader in health policy and communication, the Kaiser Family Foundation is a…non-profit, private operating foundation focusing on the major health care issues facing the U.S., as well as the U.S. role in global health policy. Unlike grant-making foundations, Kaiser develops and runs its own research and communications programs, sometimes in partnership with other non-profit research organizations, or major media companies.”

Activities

“It serves as a non-partisan source of information, and analysis for policy-makers, the media, the health care community, and the public.” It produces policy analysis and research; serves as a clearinghouse for health policy-related information; and “develops and helps run large-scale public health information campaigns in the U.S. and around the world.”

Primary Focus

Public policy reform

Research Capacity

In-house

Research Interest

Health Economics
Research and Modelling
Operations
Management
Health Human
Resources
Yes Yes Yes

Relevant Research

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Institute of Medicine of the National Academies

Location: Washington, D.C.        
Website: http://iom.edu/
Tel.: 202-334-2352
Organization Leadership: Harvey V. Fineberg, President

Mandate

“The Institute of Medicine (IOM) is an independent, non-profit organization that works outside of government to provide unbiased and authoritative advice to decision-makers and the public….The Institute of Medicine serves as adviser to the nation to improve health.”

Activities

“The IOM asks and answers the nation’s most pressing questions about health and health care. [Its] aim is to help those in government and the private sector make informed health decisions by providing evidence upon which they can rely. Each year, more than 2,000 individuals, members, and non-members volunteer their time, knowledge, and expertise to advance the nation’s health through the work of the IOM.”

Primary Focus

Comprehensive

Research Capacity

In-house

Research Interest

Health Economics
Research and Modelling
Operations
Management
Health Human
Resources
No Yes Yes

Relevant Research

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RAND Health Organization

Location: Santa Monica, California
Website: www.rand.org/health.html
Tel.: 310-393-0411 ext. 7775
E-mail: RAND_Health@rand.org
Organization Leadership: Arthur L. Kellermann, Vice-President and Director

Mandate

The RAND Corporation is a non-profit institution that helps improve policy and decision making through research and analysis. RAND focuses on the issues that matter most such as health, education, national security, international affairs, law and business, the environment, and more.”

Activities

“RAND Health research studies are coordinated through three programs and three strategic initiatives. The programs focus on long-standing core areas of RAND Health’s policy research expertise: health care economics, finance, and organization; health promotion and disease prevention; and quality assessment and improvement. The strategic initiatives focus on policy research in areas that involve high-profile and cross-cutting issues (COMPARE); important new issues (global health and public health preparedness); or special client relationships (military health).”

Primary Focus

Comprehensive

Research Capacity

In-house

Research Interest

Health Economics
Research and Modelling
Operations
Management
Health Human
Resources
Yes Yes Yes

Relevant Research

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RTI International

Location: Research Triangle Park, North Carolina
Website: www.rti.org 
Tel.: 919-485-2666
Organization Leadership: Victoria F. Haynes, President and Chief Executive Officer

Mandate

“RTI International is an independent, non-profit research institute that provides research and technical services to government and commercial clients worldwide.”

Activities

Its areas of research include “health and pharmaceuticals, education and training, surveys and statistics, advanced technology, international development, economic and social policy, energy and the environment, and laboratory and chemistry services.”

Primary Focus

Economic analysis, operations management, clinical research

Research Capacity

In-house

Research Interest

Health Economics
Research and Modelling
Operations
Management
Health Human
Resources
Yes Yes Yes

Relevant Research

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World Health Organization

Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Website: www.who.int/en
E-mail: info@who.int
Tel: +41-22-791-21-11 
Organization Leadership: Margaret Chan, Director-General

Mandate

The World Health Organization (WHO) “is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries, and monitoring and assessing health trends.”

Activities

WHO’s activities have six objectives: “promoting development; fostering health security; strengthening health systems; harnessing research, information, and evidence; enhancing partnerships; and improving performance.” As well, the health of two populations—women and the people of Africa—is a primary concern.

Primary Focus

Comprehensive

Research Capacity

In-house

Research Interest

Health Economics
Research and Modelling
Operations
Management
Health Human
Resources
Yes Yes Yes

Relevant Research

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