Healthcare :: University of Washington Launches New Institute to Evaluate International Health Programs

The University of Washington (UW) announced the creation of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, a new research center that will conduct independent, rigorous evaluations of health programs worldwide.

The institute will be supported by a new $105 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and $20 million from UW.

Its goal is to help guide international policymaking by providing high-quality data and analysis on health needs and outcomes, and assessing the performance of health programs.

?Health policy must be based on evidence, not speculation,? said Dr. Tachi Yamada, president of the Gates Foundation?s Global Health Program. ?There has been a huge increase in resources for global health in recent years, and it?s essential to evaluate the impact of these investments. With high-quality data, we can ensure resources go where they are needed most, and dramatically improve health care delivery.?

?This generous grant from the Gates Foundation is a milestone for the University of Washington,? said UW President Mark Emmert. ?This is the largest private gift in UW?s history, and it will enable us, together with critical funding provided by Governor Gregoire and the state Legislature in the 2007 session, to bring unparalleled talent and resources to bear on the world?s greatest health challenges. We are grateful to the Gates Foundation and to the leadership in Olympia for making all of this possible.?

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