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The Paradigm Project is a concerted, collaborative effort to increase the relevance, timeliness, quality, and impact of health services research (HSR).

Convened by AcademyHealth and funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the project is ideating and testing new ways to ensure HSR realizes its full potential to improve health and the delivery of health care. The Paradigm Project is designed to push HSR out of its comfort zone—to ask what works now, what doesn’t and what might work in the future.


Sherry Glied, Ph.D.

Dean, Professor of Public Service - New York University 

Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, M.D., M.B.A.

Professor - University of Pennsylvania

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Innovating in the Research Funding Process: Peer Review Alternatives and Adaptations

The advancement of the health services research enterprise depends heavily on how research funding is allocated. As the field seeks to bolster its relevance for policy and practice, it is instructive to examine the benefits and challenges of peer review and its alternatives as tools in deciding what research to fund.

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The health care landscape is dramatically changing, and HSR must keep pace with an evolving paradigm. Learn more about why the Paradigm Project was created and how it will work.

Steering Council

The Paradigm Project’s Steering Council guides the overall effort to design and test innovations that will drive a vibrant future for HSR.

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The Blueprint: November Paradigm Project Updates

The November issue of the Blueprint features a behind-the-scenes glimpse into one Design Team’s challenge, a spotlight on a Learning Community member, and the project’s first published white paper about alternatives to peer review in the research funding process.

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The Learning Community

The Paradigm Project is powered by 100+ volunteers with diverse backgrounds who comprise a Learning Community that explores issues and rethinks processes, before identifying concrete ideas to test.

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Join Us

The Paradigm Project seeks a vibrant Reactor Panel to provide ad hoc input on a variety of issues. The Panel will not hold in-person meetings; it will seek occasional, important online feedback. Sign up here to join us.

Paradigm Project July 2019 Kickoff

Learn more and check out out these highlights from the launch meeting held July 23-24, 2019.

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The Blueprint: Paradigm Project Updates October 2019

This newsletter provides an update on the Learning Community’s work since the first convening of the Paradigm Project in July 2019. This is the inaugural issue.

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Paradigm Project Report: July 2019 Convening Recap

Designing a new paradigm for health services research brought more than 120 people to Washington, D.C., in July 2019 for the first meeting of the Paradigm Project.

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Contact the Paradigm Project

If you have questions about the Paradigm Project, please email paradigmproject@academyhealth.org.