Affiliated with the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, SHADAC is a multidisciplinary health policy research center with a focus on state policy. Our staff members represent a broad range of expertise, ranging from economics, statistics and evaluation to sociology and journalism. We are passionate about the importance of using sound data to inform policy decisions, and work collaboratively with our clients to achieve results. SHADAC strives to produce rigorous, policy-driven analyses. We translate complex findings into actionable information that is accessible to a broad audience. Thanks to our long history of working with state agencies and foundations, we’ve developed a deep understanding of the unique challenges and opportunities states face.
We specialize in:
State and federal health policy and health reform
Health insurance exchanges
Payment and delivery system reform
Barriers to coverage and access
What We Do
Our faculty and staff are nationally recognized experts on collecting and applying health policy data and have extensive knowledge of state government operations. We conduct health policy research that's translated into issue briefs, reports and peer-reviewed journal articles.
We offer a variety of services, including:
Quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis (surveys, case studies, focus groups, interviews)
Survey design and analysis
Expertise in national and state survey data sources
Guidance on data use for monitoring and evaluation
The State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC) is a program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and a part of the Health Policy and Management Division of the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota.