European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies (OBS-Observatory)
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-care systems in Europe. It engages directly with policy-makers and experts, and works in partnership with research centres, governments and international organizations to analyse health systems and policy trends.
The Observatory is a partnership, hosted by WHO/Europe, which includes other international organizations (the European Commission, the World Bank); national and regional governments (Austria, Belgium, Finland, Ireland, Norway, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the Veneto Region of Italy); other health system organizations (the French National Union of Health Insurance Funds (UNCAM), the Health Foundation); and academia (the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM)).
The Observatory is composed of a Steering Committee, a core management team and staff. Its Secretariat is based in Brussels, Belgium. Its research hubs in London, United Kingdom, are hosted by the LSE Department of Health Policy and the LSHTM Centre for Global Chronic Conditions, and its research hub in Berlin, Germany, is hosted by the Department of Health Care Management of the Berlin University of Technology.
The fundamental purpose of the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies is to support and promote evidence-based policy-making through:
- the comprehensive and rigorous analysis of European health systems;
- the production of timely and reliable evidence in response to real policy needs; and
- the communication of evidence in ways that are useful to, and usable by, policy-makers.
By delivering on this mission, the Observatory hopes to contribute to the wider goal of helping European health systems to improve the health and well-being of the people they serve, and to better fulfil health system policy goals of solidarity, equity, efficiency, quality and responsiveness.
The work of the Observatory is underpinned by the following important principles.
- Relevance: The Observatory is committed to producing evidence to support real policy needs. This includes an ongoing commitment to addressing gaps in the evidence base and to remaining responsive to emerging health policy issues.
- Impartiality: The Observatory’s work is founded on principles of integrity and objectivity. It does not advocate particular policy positions but, rather, pledges to produce unbiased analyses of available evidence to support policy-makers in their work.
- Quality: The Observatory is committed to the pursuit of excellence, with all research based on robust methodologies and adhering to the highest quality standards.
- Flexibility: The Observatory embraces continual innovation with a view to sharing evidence in a timely and effective manner, so that the right evidence is available to the right people at the right time.
- Public benefit: The Observatory carries out research for public benefit. It is committed to the public good and to the provision of evidence to all via open-access sources.See more