Mission statement

The European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies supports and promotes evidence-based health policy-making through comprehensive and rigorous analysis of the dynamics of health systems in Europe and by engaging directly with policy-makers.

The Observatory is at the forefront of international health policy and systems research and our reputation for high standards in all that we do is crucial to our success. As an organisation we exist for the benefit of the public and there is a consequent expectation of the highest ethical standards.

The Observatory is committed to:

  • working in partnership with researchers, research centres, governments and international organisations to comprehensively describe and analyse health systems and the changes they undergo;
  • utilising experience from across Europe to illuminate policy issues;
  • looking at selected developed countries outside Europe when the comparisons to be made or the expertise to be garnered support the countries of Europe in taking evidence based decisions;
  • bringing together a wide range of academics, policy-makers and practitioners to analyse trends in health policies and reforms; We aim to be shapers. We rely on others to act and implement.
  • communicating effectively with policy-makers through a range of dissemination strategies;
  • encouraging debate about issues raised by research developments;
  • drawing on the strengths of our partner organizations and networks to provide evidence-based advice to national policy-makers.

Our mission allows us to respond flexibly to decision-makers, their policy needs and research opportunities. All that the Observatory does is in line with its mission which is in turn driven by a set of values.

The values that underpin the partnership are that health systems and policies should promote health gain and strive to achieve solidarity, equity, efficiency and quality, responsiveness, transparency and integrity whilst the Observatory itself has genuinely shared ownership with all Partners helping to prioritise work and disseminate evidence.

These core beliefs give rise in turn to the following values:

Research for public benefit - We are committed to carrying out research which could lead to evidence-based decision-making. Delivering results with the resources we have been given is of the utmost importance. We seek and share information about those results.

Excellence - We are committed to the pursuit of excellence in research, policy advice, publications and dissemination activities.

Integrity - We are committed to integrity, honesty and consistently high standards in all our dealings, both internally and externally.

Accountability - We believe that we are accountable for our actions to the public and to our partner organizations, and we are prepared to submit ourselves to appropriate scrutiny. We seek and heed the counsel of outside organisations, policy-makers and academics. 

Equity - We will ensure that our policies and practices do not discriminate unfairly or lead to other forms of unfair treatment We will actively promote the involvement of staff, men and women, from all social, economic, ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds, and irrespective of disability.