Why we partner

The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) collaborates with a range of scientific and policy institutions to improve the health and well-being of people across the globe. Collaboration is one of IHME’s scientific principles. We believe in the power of partnerships to catalyze innovation, knowledge exchange, and creative solutions to the pernicious challenges of the twenty-first century.  

Partner with us

We partner with national, regional, and global institutions to collectively produce global public goods, strengthen health metrics capacity, and improve population health.

We welcome partnerships with the potential to advance collective progress toward improving health policy and practice. To explore how your institution can partner with IHME, please email [email protected] for more information.

Learn about our partners

Opportunities for individual collaborators

Over 12,000 scientific experts are members of the GBD Collaborator Network and lend their in-country expertise to the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) study. 

Learn more about the Collaborator Network

How we partner

This graphic highlights some general steps that occur to develop and implement successful partnerships.


IHME partakes in partnerships using the following principles to guide our actions.  

Added value and mutual benefit

The partnership demonstrates a clear benefit to improving population health science, policy, and practice. Together, the partners work toward shared or mutually reinforcing goals that pertain to each institution’s strategic priorities. 

Complementarity of roles

The partnership seeks to leverage each institution’s unique strengths, resources, and perspectives to achieve something greater than could be accomplished alone. Clear and complementary roles are established.

Scientific excellence

The partnership values the unique contribution that impartial evidence makes to improving population health policy and practice. The partners engage in constructive dialogue and adopt an evidence-based approach to dispute resolution.

Mutual respect and independence

The partners treat each other as independent equals and value a multiplicity of perspectives. With one another’s permission, partners commit to inclusively sharing credit for joint work.

Efficiency and impact

The partners agree to act as responsible stewards of limited resources while striving to maximize real-world impact.

Knowledge exchange and capacity building

The partnership commits to joint learning, information and knowledge exchange, and bolstering opportunities for mutual capacity building and enhancement of complementary skills.

Transparency and dialogue

Partners adopt a timely, flexible, and transparent style of communication, embracing scientific debate as a crucial component of scientific progress.

Policy planning resources

Country profiles

Health research by location

Get an overview of population health and demographic information for every country of the world. We also provide profiles for select subnational locations.

Interactive Data Visual

GBD Compare

Analyze updated data about the world’s health levels and trends from 1990 to 2021 from the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) study.

Data tools and practices

Data sources

We make datasets and our sources freely available so that policymakers have the evidence they need to make informed decisions about how to allocate resources to best improve population health.