About Us

Our Mission

The mission of PolicyLab at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) is to achieve optimal child health and well-being by informing program and policy changes through interdisciplinary research. PolicyLab is a Center of Emphasis within Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute, one of the largest pediatric research institutes in the country.

At PolicyLab, our experience caring for children and families informs our "evidence to action" approach to improving children's health.

We develop and implement evidence-based solutions that are responsive to community needs and relevant to policy priorities. We collaborate with practitioners, families, and policymakers throughout the research process because we know we can not achieve improved child health outcomes by ourselves. And since research articles on their own are unlikely to produce change, we invest significant time and resources into translating our work for a broad array of program and policy audiences.

David Rubin, MD, MSCE and Kathleen Noonan, JD co-founded PolicyLab. We have approximately 20 faculty and over 35 staff who are experts in medicine, law, public health, health policy, psychology, biostatistics, social work, health services research, program evaluation, and ethics. Our work focuses on improving public systems, improving health care delivery, and improving child health outcomes.  Our project topics range from early childhood development, adolescent health, child welfare, behavioral health, complex chronic conditions, and immigrant and refugee health.  In addition, PolicyLab co-directs the Healthcare Analytics Unit (HAU) with the CHOP Center for Pediatric Clinical Effectiveness (CPCE). The HAU serves as a resource for PolicyLab and other CHOP investigators using complex data to address research questions by providing expertise in statistical programming, advanced analysis, biostatistics, and clinical epidemiology.