The Southern California Evidence-based Practice Center

The Southern California Evidence-based Practice Center is part of the Evidence-based Practice Program sponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality since 1997. One of 11 such Centers nationwide, the Center:

  • conducts systematic reviews and technology assessments of all aspects of health care;
  • performs research on improving the methods of synthesizing the scientific evidence and developing evidence reports and technology assessments; and
  • provides technical assistance to other organizations in their efforts to translate evidence reports and technology assessments into guidelines, performance measures, and other quality-improvement tools.

The Center combines the talents of RAND and its four California health care institutions:

  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • University of California, San Francisco
  • Stanford University
  • University of Southern California

In addition, through the VA HSR&D Center of Innovation and the VA Evidence-Synthesis Program (ESP) we collaborate with the Greater Los Angeles Veteran Affairs Healthcare System.

The Center is also affiliated with five health services research training programs, and the Guidelines International Network.