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

EBHPP Advisory Board
2015-2016 Session

REPRESENTATIVES
Rep. Joan Ballweg (R)
Co-Chair, Joint Legislative Council
Rep. Joe Sanfelippo (R)
Rep. Jessie Rodriguez (R)
Rep. Paul Tittl (R)
Rep. Deb Kolste (D)
Rep. Daniel Riemer (D)
SENATORS
Senator Mary Lazich (R)
Co-Chair, Joint Legislative Council
Senator Devin LeMahieu (R)

Senator Mark Miller (D)

Senator Leah Vukmir (R) Assistant Majority Leader

Through a partnership with the UW Population Health Institute, the La Follette School of Public Affairs, and the Wisconsin Legislative Council, the EBHPP bridges medicine and health policy, as well as research and practice, to serve the Wisconsin Legislature and other decision-makers

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

In evaluations, participants rate the briefings highly overall, and in their relevance and the quality of the evidence provided. On a scale of 1 (poor) to 5 (excellent), the average rating for capitol briefings was 4.4 for overall quality, 4.3 for quality of the evidence, and 4.3 for relevance.

EBHPP stakeholders indicate that the project:

• Offers something different from other resources;
• Helps them make sense of competing information ;
• Is considered an important resource that serves our state well.

 

 

 

 

Methods and Venues

The project includes three methods by which to provide public and private sector policy makers with timely, non-partisan, high quality information for evidence-based decision-making: Legislative Briefings, Forums, and Methods Exchanges.

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:
Sam Austin
UW Population Health Institute
Suite 760, 610 Walnut Street
Madison, WI 53726

Phone: (608) 265-4851
Fax: (608) 262-6404