About Us

Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) Building

Institute Programs

County Health Rankings and Roadmaps
Evaluation Research
Health Policy
Mobilizing Action Toward Community Health (MATCH)


The mission of the Institute is to advance health and well-being for all by developing and evaluating interventions and promoting evidence-based approaches to policy and practice at the local, state, and national levels. The Institute works across the full spectrum of factors that contribute to health.

A focal point for health and health care dialogue within the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a convener of stakeholders, the Institute promotes an exchange of expertise between those within the university and those in the policy and practice arenas.

Our goals are to:

  • Address a broad range of real-world, health-related problems of topical interest and stakeholder relevance;
  • Promote partnerships between researchers and users of research, encouraging collaboration between the academic community and those engaged in practice and policy within both the public and private sectors;
  • Evaluate programs and policies to support quality improvement, promote accountability, and seek evidenced-based solutions;
  • Build the knowledge base of effective programs and policies;
  • Provide learning for practitioners and students; and
  • Contribute to policy decisions and program implementations that improve health and well-being for all.

Overview of the Institute

Background and mission of the Institute

Annual Reports