The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) is an independent global health research center at the University of Washington that provides rigorous and comparable measurement of the world's most important health problems and evaluates the strategies used to address them. IHME makes this information freely available so that policymakers have the evidence they need to make informed decisions about how to allocate resources to best improve population health.
IHME aspires to make available to the world high-quality information on population health, its determinants, and the performance of health systems. We seek to achieve this directly, by catalyzing the work of others, and by training researchers as well as policymakers.
Our mission is to improve the health of the world’s populations by providing the best information on population health.
Over the past two decades, global health has become an increasingly urgent priority, with hundreds of billions spent to save lives and ease the burden of disease in developing countries. Individual success stories abound, but a lack of objective evidence prevents policymakers from knowing whether their efforts are actually improving people’s lives.
The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) was created at the University of Washington to fill that information gap.
We broke with tradition to build a hybrid organization like no other: an academic research institute with the independence and entrepreneurial spirit of a mission-driven enterprise.
By employing cutting-edge science – and standing apart from political considerations – IHME is working with others to quantify the major threats to health and build the base of evidence about what works and what does not work to improve health conditions and health systems worldwide. We do this by focusing on three critical questions: What are the world’s major health problems? How well is society addressing these problems? How do we best dedicate resources to maximize health improvement?