Preconference: Using Evidence to Inform Policy Making

Monday, October 23rd

State officials value the role of evidence in crafting policy, but often struggle to find and apply reliable evidence to their own policy debates. This preconference provides practical strategies for using evidence to inform policy making and features:

  • Experts from the Center for Evidence-based Policy who will lead an interactive workshop on the fundamentals of analyzing and applying research;
  • A panel of state experts who will share several models of evidence-informed policy making; and
  • A preview of emerging research that promises to inform future state policy.     

This work is supported by a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute Program Award (EA-5895-CHPD).


  • Ellie Garrett, Deputy Director, Office of the Medical Director, Minnesota Department of Human Services
  • PDF-icon Greg Martin, Deputy, Chief Engagement and Dissemination Officer, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)
  • PDF-icon Dr. Adam Obley, Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Clinical Epidemiologist, Center for Evidence-based Policy Oregon Health & Science University
  • PDF-icon Darren Coffman, Director, Health Evidence Review Commission, Oregon Health Authority
  • Jane Beyer, Senior Health Policy Advisor, Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner
  • Dr. Gary Franklin, Medical Director, Washington State Department of Labor and Industries
    Research Professor, Departments of Environmental Health, Neurology, and Health Services, University of Washington
  • PDF-icon Dr. Lynn Blewett, Professor, State Health Access Data Assistance Center, University of Minnesota
  • PDF-icon Pam Curtis, Director, Center for Evidence-based Policy, Oregon Health & Science University
  • Sam Austin, Health Policy Analyst, Population Health Institute, University of Wisconsin
  • Gabriel Kaplan, Chief of the Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention, Prevention Services Division, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

This work is supported by a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute Program Award.

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