Evidence-Based Health Policy Project
Research. Analysis. Education. Dialogue

"I am tremendously excited about the prospect of the University's talents and resources being brought to bear on solving the health challenges we are facing...I hope this endeavor will add another important chapter to the legacy of the University in being the catalyst for developing Wisconsin solutions to pressing and complex social problems."
-State Senator Mark Miller

"We are greatly encouraged by the new UW-Madison/Legislative Council partnership and look forward to working with you...as we strive to meet the challenge of ensuring access to affordable health care."
-State Senators Carol Roessler and Alberta Darling

The UW School of Medicine & Public Health's Population Health Institute and the La Follette School of Public Affairs, in partnership with the Wisconsin Legislative Council, have joined together under the UWSMPH's stated intent to accelerate the public health transformational processes and expedite programmatic development across sectors.

Purpose and Goals

The EBHPP connects lawmakers' researchers, and others in the public and private sector to advance Wisconsin's health through two goals:

  1. Provide policymakers, in both the public and private sectors, with timely, non-partisan, high-quality information for evidence-based decision-making.
  2. Increase the involvement of UW faculty research and teaching activities in topical issues of state public policy.

Project Summary Hand-Out
Organization Chart

Methods and Venues

The project includes four methods by which to provide public and private sector policy makers with timely, non-partisan, high quality information for evidence-based decision-making:

  1. Issue-specific invitation-based forums for off-the record safe harbor dialogue;
  2. Speaker/Panel Symposiums;
  3. Just-in-Time topic briefings of legislative committees; and
  4. Methods exchange meetings between policy makers and researchers.

Core Principles

The EBHPP is based on the premise that, in order to make research more applicable to real world circumstances, researchers need to interact with persons who are involved with the provision and funding of heath programs and services. This will promote work that is more relevant, timely, and presented in formats that are useful for policy and practice.

Partnership and Participants

Public sector participants in the program include members of the Wisconsin State Legislature, high-ranking officials of state agencies, members of the Governor's staff, and academics. From the private sector, this project engages industry executives, physicians, hospitals, insurers, and advocates.

Background and Funding

The Evidence-Based Health Policy Project began in 2002 as Wisconsin Health Policy Forums with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation State Health Policy Forums initiative. This grew into the current multi-dimensional Evidence-Based Health Policy Project. Today, this unique collaboration is made possible through grants from the Wisconsin Partnership Program, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, the UW-Madison Chancellor's Office, and in-kind contributions from project partners.

Contact Information

Project Director:
Liz Feder efeder@wisc.edu
UW Population Health Institute
Suite 760, 610 Walnut Street
Madison, WI 53726

Phone: (608) 261-1907
Fax: (608) 262-6404