Stakeholder Engagement

The Center for Evidence-based Policy has a rich history of local, state, and national stakeholder engagement. The Center engages diverse stakeholders through collaborative processes that use data and evidence as levers to engineer approaches to address health policy challenges. We work to ensure that diverse and relevant perspectives are considered by engaging policy leaders, decisionmakers, and consumers. Through this approach, we achieve stakeholder buy-in and transparent decision-making, resulting in well informed, relevant, and actionable plans.  

Patient Decision Support Tools 

 As part of broader health care delivery transformation efforts in Oregon, the Oregon Health Authority wanted to ensure that evidence-based patient decision support tools (PDSTs) are available to Oregon's Coordinated Care Organizations. OHA believes that effective PDSTs can help support CCOs deliver patient-centered, clinically effective, and high value care. To assist the adoption of PDSTs, OHA contracted with the Center to create a toolkit for patients, providers, and policymakers. To inform development of the toolkit, the Center conducted a needs assessment on adoption, promotion, and implementation of PDSTs with CCO Medical Directors, and reviewed evidence on PDSTs. The Center also identified best practices to encourage use of PDSTs at the point of care. The toolkit is available at: 

Project TEAM

Project TEAM is dedicated to helping tribes and local governments create, implement and manage judicially-led joint jurisdiction collaborations. Our goals are to improve justice outcomes in the community, use resources more efficiently and effectively through collaboration and partnership, and to help repair traditionally difficult relationships between tribes and US governmental bodies. Go to the main project page here.

New Hampshire

The Center prepared a State Health Innovation Plan for the State of New Hampshire. Using a stakeholder-centered approach to engage policymakers, health care leaders, and consumers the model addresses regional health care innovation across the state. The Center created a practical though ambitious plan beginning with an overview of the health care environment in New Hampshire built upon extensive research. The plan includes a model of transformation built on payment-reform, primary care practice-transformation and health information technology. The plan includes detailed financial analysis on proposed innovations, a workforce development strategy, HIT plan, efforts for improving population health, a monitoring and evaluation plan and an operational roadmap. The end result is a plan that provides the framework for achieving the Triple Aim by bringing together the state's assets and opportunities, recognizing the challenge of transformation, and building a broad health transformation agenda that can be shared by communities, practitioners, payers, and policy-makers across the state. 

Texas Medical and Dental Decision Process 

Texas Medicaid has engaged the Center in assessing the State's Medicaid policy development process. The Center is working with key stakeholders to: develop goals and guiding principles for process improvements; develop an evidence-based decision-making framework that best meets the needs of Texas; create an ongoing process for evaluating and prioritizing Medicaid benefits, including the use of evidence-based strategies that streamline the process and provide implementation support and consultation to implement changes. 

Washington State Health Technology Assessment 

Washington State Health Technology Assessment (WA HTA) evaluates selected health technologies using evidence-based reviews and an independent clinical committee. It strives to achieve better health care outcomes for enrollees and beneficiaries of state programs by paying for health technologies that work. In 2011, the Washington State Health Technology Assessment Program (WA HTA) commissioned the Center to conduct a review of similar programs and their components, and to complete a qualitative assessment of the WA HTA's existing stakeholder engagement efforts, making recommendations for enhancement. The Center's qualitative assessment included outreach to stakeholders to gather feedback about their understanding of and satisfaction with key WA HTA components, including: evidence and analysis; transparency of program processes; stakeholder engagement consistent with its legislative mandate; and achievement of program objectives identified in legislative mandate.