Consulting

Systematic and Policy Analysis

With 10 years of experience, the Center for Health and Research Transformation (CHRT) has demonstrated success performing robust analyses in health and healthcare. CHRT applies these analyses broadly to formulate policy interventions, make programmatic recommendations, and translate research for real-world policy making.

Our Approach

CHRT conducts systematic analyses that summarize research and experiential evidence, and identify gaps where new knowledge or policy is needed. Study approaches include:

  • Disciplined, methodical review of academic and gray literature to synthesize research findings and assess the strength of existing evidence;
  • Assessment and evaluation of an organization’s current or proposed programs to determine whether they are feasible, reach target populations and achieve intended goals;
  • Environmental scans to define the current state of services for focused population groups and identify top areas of critical need; and
  • Impartial analysis of program or policy-relevant data to show changing trends, program effects, or measure expected return on investment.

Our Experience

With deep experience in the health care industry—including provider, payer, non-profit and government sectors—CHRT works in partnership with organizations to align programming with evidence and communicate successes to further their critical work.

Below are brief descriptions of recent projects:

  • Resource Stewardship Project. An evaluation of the appropriateness of care delivered by physician organizations, and assistance in development of an innovative payment program for appropriate care.
  • Study of Efficient Care Management Approaches. A focused literature review for a large provider network to highlight evidence on programs that can reduce the costs of care.
  • Improving End-of-Life Care. An analysis of programming and payer claims data to identify barriers to providing best practices in palliative and end-of-life care.

CHRT presents organizations with a final report detailing key insights and/or recommendations. In addition, organizations can utilize CHRT’s expertise in distilling detailed findings into clear, concise issue briefs for target audiences. In 2015, CHRT produced 16 issue briefs, with half based on primary data collected through surveys and the remaining formed through CHRT policy analysis.

Please contact Nancy Baum at (734) 998-7586 or nmbaum@umich.edu for more information on our policy and systematic analysis capabilities.