Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME)
The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) is an independent global health research center at the University of Washington that provides rigorous and comparable measurement of the world's most important health problems and evaluates the strategies used to address them. IHME makes this information freely available so that policymakers have the evidence they need to make informed decisions about how to allocate resources to best improve population health.
IHME aspires to make available to the world high-quality information on population health, its determinants, and the performance of health systems. IHME seeks to achieve this directly, by catalyzing the work of others, and by training researchers as well as policymakers.
Their mission is to improve the health of the world’s populations by providing the best information on population health.
IHME’s research is organized around answering three critical questions that are essential to understanding the current state of population health and the strategies necessary to improve it.
These five principles guide everything IHME does.
1. Scientific Excellence: Because everyone deserves to live a long life in full health, better evidence of what works and what doesn’t is needed to help society achieve this goal. Sound evidence must come from rigorous measurement and adhere to the principles of scientific inquiry. To that end, above all else, IHME pursues excellence in scientific advancement aimed at improving population health.
2. Policy Relevance: IHME will measure what is important for guiding health policy, not just what is easy to measure. To better guide health policy, IHME makes findings comparable across time and populations using the most recent data available, and IHME provides information at the most local area of measurement possible.
3. Impartiality: For health evidence to be useful, it also must be credible, generated by a scientific process unimpeded by political, financial, or other types of interference. IHME was created to fill a gap in global health: to separate the measurement and evaluation of health policies and programs from the process of creating, implementing, and advocating for policies and programs.
4. Collaboration: To help people live longer lives in better health worldwide, IHME works with a broad network of researchers, statisticians, and policymakers, following a science-based, collaborative approach. IHME also fosters a transparent and constructive dialogue and debate about all aspects of health measurement.
5. Knowledge Sharing: Because health improvement often starts from within communities, IHME invites the public to help us interpret results and advance health metrics and evaluation through reports, policy discussions, data visualizations, and other activities. IHME also believes it is crucial to cultivate the next generation of leaders in health metrics and evaluation through educational programs, trainings, and mentoring.See more