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Research and Evaluation
Now more than ever, leaders need evidence-based information and objective analysis to make informed decisions.
At the Kansas Health Institute, we collaborate with stakeholders to identify their needs, formulate research questions and define evaluation goals. We develop and apply rigorous methodology to synthesize information, collect and analyze data, and measure program processes and outcomes.
Designing studies to answer important questions
Determining appropriate research and evaluation methods
Designing, building and managing large databases containing survey data, public health information, health insurance claims and outcomes assessment
Conducting literature reviews, including peer-reviewed articles, state and federal agency regulations, published reports and grey literature
Conducting focus groups and key informant interviews
Conducting complex statistical analysis
Developing surveys, including sample design, instrument development, data collection and analysis, and report writing
Annual Insurance Update
This annual publication, first developed in 2015, provides a comprehensive review of health insurance coverage in Kansas by analyzing the American Community Survey Public Use Microdata Sample files from the U.S. Census Bureau. It includes an Infographic that shows sources of coverage for insured Kansans and possible coverage eligibility for uninsured Kansans in a concise and informative manner, and also county-specific uninsured rates.
Applied Behavioral Analysis Services in Kansas
In this project supported by the Capper Foundation, a statewide organization that serves children and adults with disabilities, KHI examined potential access to care issues for children with autism spectrum disorder in Kansas in order to inform future policy discussion about applied behavior analysis services (ABA). KHI reviewed literature on the effectiveness of ABA, reviewed federal and state policies on ABA coverage, analyzed claims data on the use of ABA services and surveyed providers to identify barriers to accessing and providing ABA services. We published our findings in a technical report and an issue brief, which we distributed to the Legislature.
Pathways to a Healthy Kansas
This Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas grant initiative was launched in 2015. It provides communities with financial support, tools and resources needed to address areas that impact community health across multiple factors: Neighborhood and Physical Environment, Community and Social Context, Food, Health and Healthcare, Education, and Economic Stability. In addition to assisting BCBSKS with the program design and providing technical assistance to community awardees, KHI is responsible for designing and conducting an evaluation of the overall initiative. The evaluation employs both qualitative and quantitative methods, including logic model development, key informant interviews, online surveys and data analysis. The results are presented through multiple channels of communication, including a Tableau dashboard and an annual report.
For more than 25 years, we have developed a deep understanding of Kansas policy issues, systems, opportunities and challenges. With this in mind, we’ve crafted our services to meet the needs of our local, county, state and national partners.
KHI believes evidence-based information, objective analysis and civil dialogue enable policy leaders to be champions for a healthier Kansas.
We provide actionable information for decision-makers working to improve the health of Kansans. We collaborate across sectors and jurisdictions to deliver services and products that support effective policymaking.