David Vanness, Ph.D.

David Vanness, Ph.D.Investigator, The Methodology Center
Professor, Health Policy and Administration

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Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2000 (Economics)
M.S., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1996 (Economics)
B.A., Georgetown University, 1993 (Economics and Government)


Research Interests & Collaborators

My research develops and applies quantitative methods to assess the value of interventions. Like beauty, value is in the eye of the beholder. For patients or clients undergoing treatment, value may reflect the ability to cure an underlying condition or improve quality of life. For service providers, value may mean that an intervention uses resources efficiently to produce a measurable change in a behavioral or clinical outcome. For society, value may mean that reallocating scarce resources from other activities to provide a new intervention would be expected to improve population health. All of these concepts require ways to collect and analyze data not just about technical performance but also about the preferences of stakeholders.

I am currently working with Linda Collins and Jillian Strayhorn to incorporate Bayesian multi-criteria decision-analysis principles into the multiphase optimization strategy (MOST) framework. Together, we aim to help researchers design and analyze multi-component intervention studies that provide clear evidence about which treatment packages are most likely to produce the highest value for patients, service providers, and society.