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The Wennberg International Collaborative (WIC)

The Wennberg International Collaborative (WIC) was founded in 2010 by Dr. David Goodman of The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice (U.S.) and Professor R. Gwyn Bevan of the London School of Economics and Political Science (U.K.). The inaugural meeting was held at the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2010. The goal of the Collaborative is to accelerate research into the causes and consequences of unwarranted health care variation across regions and providers. The WIC was organized in response to the complex and often controversial nature of this research that has led to slow progress in many countries. The Collaborative seeks to reduce barriers in the field through sponsoring research and policy meetings, facilitating collaboration amongst members, advocating for health care data availability, and serving as a clearinghouse for research and policy findings. The primary focus of the WIC is variation in health system performance within countries, although some members also examine variation across countries. The WIC is a community of scholars and policymakers (and their interests, ideas, and technical capabilities) that provides support to emerging investigators and projects. Presentation topics during meetings range from new critical questions, novel methods, recent findings, and innovative policy and improvement ideas.

Prof. David Goodman      Prof. Gwyn Bevan


Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies

Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies is a public university institute - with special autonomy - working in the field of applied sciences: Economics and Management, Law, Political Sciences, Agricultural Sciences and Plant Biotechnology, Medicine, and Industrial and Information Engineering. The School promotes the internationalization of didactics and research with innovative paths in the fields of university education, scientific research and advanced training.

A research university, a school of talent, for a more sustainable and inclusive world. 

The School’s mission is that of serving as a benchmark and quality public institution, attracting talents which are nurtured and educated, in order to take care of the world and to responsibly contribute to its cultural growth and sustainability. We are conscious that merit based on quality skills and commitment represents the true driver of development, the principal mechanism of social mobility, and the resource that we must implement in order to address the challenges of sustainability and justice that the world is currently facing.

“Our worldwide view combines the enhancement of merit and the recognition of talent with cutting-edge scientific research. Our goal is to promote the construction of a more just and inclusive society, enshrined in the Italian Constitution".
Prof. Sabina Nuti, Rector of Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies

Management and Healthcare Laboratory (MeS)

The Management and Healthcare Laboratory (MeS), led by prof. Milena Vainieri and established in December 2004 by prof. Sabina Nuti, is part of Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies's Institute of Management. The research team is composed by professors, assistant professors, post-docs, technicians, collaborators, PhD students.

The Lab is "A dynamic learning community to develop and share knowledge and build innovation for citizens' health". Its main activities are:

  • Research - to support the performers of the health care system through the management processes and the innovation of health and social care;
  • Performance evaluation - to measure the capacity of the regional health system, of the health authorities and the district areas to be effective and efficient, in delivering appropriate services in line with the needs of the population;
  • Management training for top management and for the key figures of the regional health systems, with special regard to the Tuscan System as the Lab represents the accredited subject for the training of top management.

The MeS WIC Conference organization team is led by prof. Milena Vainieri and Dr. Francesca Ferrè.

Prof. Milena Vainieri        Dr. Francesca Ferrè