The Center for Healthcare Outcomes and Policy is focused on health services research in acute and specialty care. Our scientists aim to evaluate healthcare policy and launch innovative large-scale quality improvement interventions. CHOP also plays a large role in the education of the next generation of health services researchers.  

The CHOP Mindset

At CHOP, we believe in a culture of lifelong learning. To this end, we utilize the following three strategies to ensure our team is constantly improving and innovating.

Interlocking gears labeled "interdisciplinary collaboration", "problem-focused approaches", and "graciousness & generosity"

Interdisciplinary Collaborations 

Interdisciplinary approaches are required to tackle our most pressing research questions. We prioritize diversifying our teams to capitalize on the strengths of multiple disciplines. In this way, we can connect the dots in new and innovative ways.  

Focus on the Problem

"The secret is to gang up on the problem, rather than on each other." (Thomas Stallkamp) CHOP members and collaborators hone in on the research questions, methodologies, and issues at hand, not on their fellow researchers. By keeping the focus on the research, we are able to achieve more insightful breakthroughs. 

Be Gracious, Be Generous

Last, CHOP believes in graciously accepting our colleagues' constructive criticism, and generously giving their time through mentoring and thoughtful feedback. This mentality provides an ideal environment for mentorship and continued education, a core value of the center. CHOP hosts two weekly seminars during which members and trainees give and receive feedback on their work. 

Pillars of Impact

Building with pillars labeled "clarity", "innovation", "design" holding up a roof labeled "impact"

Communicating the research is just as important as the research itself. This is why CHOP emphasizes clear, concise writing and considers this a pillar of any trainee's education. We take peer feedback seriously and build time into our processes to allow for others to review our work for maximum clarity of message. 

Visual Design

CHOP optimizes its communication strategy through visual design to enhance consumers' interaction and connection with our research. Visual abstracts allow us to quickly and concisely communicate an academic manuscript on Twitter. Enhanced visual appeal of presentations means a more engaged audience. By maximizing the visual appeal of our work, we are reaching a wider audience through multiple avenues. 

Team Innovation

The most innovative and impactful work emerges when we combine the seeming unrelated. We foster these collaborations by bringing together a diverse set of researchers and being continually open to alternative paradigms. By centering any research question at the intersection of multiple disciplines and giving equal weight to all team members, the team is able to break out of "the mold" and achieve higher order thinking.