The Methods and Data Council is currently chaired by Dr. Lucy Savitz, Vice President for Research at Kaiser Permanente, and comprised of 21 members representing the multiple disciplinary perspectives in health services and policy research. The Methods and Data Council meets twice per year, in the summer at the Annual Research Meeting, and in the fall  via a web-based meeting.

The Methods and Data Council has seven primary responsibilities:

  1. Assist AcademyHealth in identifying trends, opportunities, challenges and needs related to existing and emerging methods used in HSR as well as in data collection, quality, security, storage, curation, availability and accessibility for research.
  2. Assist AcademyHealth in developing strategies, programs and services, thought leadership, guidance and community and professional development in methods and data in HSR;
  3. Provide guidance to planning committees on emerging and relevant methods and data offerings at the ARM and other relevant AcademyHealth sponsored conferences (e.g. the Health Datapalooza);
  4. Provide input to the AcademyHealth Committee on Advocacy and Public Policy to inform the development of AcademyHealth’s official public comments;
  5. Provide guidance and relevant content for materials developed to educate and train HSR professionals in the most current data and methods;
  6. Promote dissemination and shared learning, including via eGEMs; and
  7. Provide guidance on AcademyHealth projects and activities on an ad hoc basis

Learn more about the 2017 Methods and Data Council members here.