Healthcare Innovation Program for Implementation & Evaluation (HI-PIE)

Providing critical expertise to effectively study healthcare practices

We study how to translate and use evidence-based practices, interventions, and policies effectively in real world settings within healthcare practices. The Healthcare Innovation Program for Implementation & Evaluation (HI-PIE) harnesses and builds upon current dissemination and implementation research frameworks. We work with investigators to integrate and understand current evidence, design study interventions and evaluations, and promote the successful dissemination and implementation of healthcare innovations. 

HI-PIE’s Evidence Synthesis Unit is a collaboration of CLHSS and the Minnesota Evidence-Based Practice Center. We evaluate topic areas where evidence is emerging or where evidence gaps exist to inform and adapt clinical practice. Our skills and services include a range of reviews, such as systematic and scoping reviews and meta-analyses. Under appropriate circumstances, we perform rapid reviews that answer questions using a critical and rigorous but time-limited approach. The Evidence Synthesis Unit is led by Mary Butler, PhD and Josh Rhein, MD.

The Rapid Prospective Evaluation (RapidEval) Unit features the unique opportunity for investigators to be supported in generating high quality new evidence on healthcare practices. The unit focuses on and fosters rapid, iterative learning that builds upon the natural innovation taking place within the healthcare system. The activities of the RapidEval Unit are aimed at and designed to increase adoption of best practices. The unit features a semi-annual “Call for Proposals”. RapidEval is led by Mike Usher, MD, PhD and Nathan Shippee, PhD.

HI-PIE Leadership

  • Scientific Director, Tim Beebe, PhD
  • Project Manager
    • Maya Peters, MPH
  • Evidence Synthesis Unit
    • Mary Butler, PhD
    • Josh Rhein, MD
  • Rapid Prospective Evaluation (RapidEval) Unit
    • Mike Usher, MD, PhD
    • Nathan Shippee, PhD