Georgia Health Policy Center offers a wide-range of evidence-based qualitative and quantitative research, evaluation, and translation services as well as technical assistance to communities and decision makers. We draw on experience from more than 100 projects supported by more than 75 diverse clients. All of our work falls into one or more of the following categories: Research, Policy, Programs and the points in between.
The center employs a qualitative and quantitative aspect to almost all of its research projects. Whether conducting our own research, or interpreting the research of others, the GHPC brings together relevant information, best practices, and thought leaders in a way that is integrated, translated, and interpreted. By synthesizing all that is known through previous research and others’ experiences with quantitative analyses, the GHPC is able to tell a more complete story and more fully inform health policy decisions.
Our signature style of evaluation is based upon a synthesis of practical and methodological insights from a broad range of policy evaluation, community-based research, and capacity-building experience. This framework ensures an evaluation process that is crafted and executed through a relationship with those who will ultimately apply the findings. The findings create powerful learning opportunities that refine and sustain projects seeking to improve the well-being of people.
The GHPC's tailored technical assistance is focused on helping communities build local capacity to increase access to care and improve the health status of their residents. Providing one-on-one training and resource support, our work concentrates on organizational sustainability, strategic planning, and program implementation.
Meeting Design and Facilitation
Purpose-driven meeting design and facilitation is one of GHPC’s core talents. Using a whole systems approach, the GHPC identifies, convenes, and facilitates a design team of representative stakeholders to design the meetings. This team is a microcosm of the whole system and, thus, is reflective of the different stakeholders’ perspectives. The team helps identify the right issues to be addressed and GHPC then coordinates and facilitates the meetings. Break-out and table discussion processes are also designed utilizing questions specifically crafted to achieve desired meeting outcomes.
The Health Policy Center conducts policy analysis by researching complex issues through literature reviews and subject expert interviews, designing and administering surveys and focus groups, evaluating qualitative and quantitative data, and translating and disseminating evidence-based information via briefs, reports and articles.
The center partners with public and private grant makers to leverage federal, state, local, and philanthropic resources, empower local communities, and address priority health care problems. GHPC staff have experience preparing, disseminating, and reviewing grant proposals, as well as, managing, evaluating and providing technical assistance for grants to local community organizations.
Health Impact Assessment
Health Impact Assessment (HIA) is defined as a combination of procedures, methods and tools by which a policy, program or project may be judged as to its potential effects on the health of a population, and the distribution of those effects within the population*. Using the established process and methods, the GHPC facilitates HIA training sessions, engages in HIA for communities, and makes recommendations based on the findings. Our staff members serve in leadership positions in the field of HIA including the revision of the Minimum Elements and Practice Standards for Health Impact Assessment and the development of a new Society of Practitioners of Health Impact Assessment (SOPHIA), the first professional association for health impact assessment practitioners in North America. Read more about the Georgia Health Policy Center's work in the field of health impact assessment.
*World Health Organization