The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) is an independent research center based at the University of Washington. IHME aspires to make available to the world high-quality information on population health, its determinants, and the performance of health systems. It aims to achieve this directly, by catalyzing the work of others, and by training researchers as well as policymakers.
We spoke to Peter Speyer, Director of Data Development, to find out more about how IHME is using data presentation tools to explain global health trends and highlight areas for intervention.
He explains that IHME mostly uses existing data to develop estimates for health indicators that can be used by policymakers and those involved in the delivery of health services across the world to evaluate the effectiveness of health care systems. “We use a range of indicators and estimates that we believe will help policymakers to make better decisions,” he says.