||The Institute's research program focuses on the major public policy issues confronting workers' compensation systems, health policy and disability management. WCRI studies benchmark the performance of systems, evaluate the impact of reforms, identify emerging trends and issues, evaluate innovation in disability and medical management and costs, provide major reference books, and identify key leverage points to improve system performance.
Most importantly, the studies are used to facilitate action-oriented decisions by public officials, employers, insurers, worker representatives, and others affected by workers' compensation, nationally and internationally. However, WCRI does not take positions on issues nor make recommendations.
WCRI's current research programs are:
Disability and Medical Management
CompScope™, WCRI's multistate benchmarking
program measures and benchmarks the performance of a growing number of state workers' compensation systems. In coming years, we expect to include the 20-25 largest state systems. This program provides annually the opportunity both to examine the changes in performance of individual state systems and to make meaningful interstate comparisons. CompScope™ helps stakeholders and public officials to better manage change and avoid the historic pattern of crisis-reform-crisis that has frequently characterized workers' compensation in the past.
Using special methods, the Institute has created information that is comparable across states, across data sources and across time. With meaningful comparisons, system stakeholders, public officials and policymakers can monitor their systems on a regular basis and make important interstate comparisons. By identifying incremental changes in system performance - trends that may signal either improvement or possible deterioration in system performance - goals for system performance can be set, improvements accomplished and crises avoided.
The CompScope™ program, of strategic importance to the workers' compensation community, provides
annually multistate reports that compare states with each other on key aspects of system performance using meaningful comparisons.
The CompScope™ program is funded by employers, insurers, state funds, state governments, rating organizations and a labor organization seeking to help achieve a more stable, equitable workers' compensation system. To achieve the ambitious goals outlined above, continued broad support and expanded funding are needed.
To see a list of the diverse organizations that provide funding for this important new program,
||Significant changes in the health care system took place in the 1990s.
Policymakers and stakeholders are now asking "what actually works?" This innovative research program improves public and private decision making about the quality and cost of medical care, the management of occupational and nonoccupational disability, and the potential integration or coordination of workers' compensation and nonworkers' compensation delivery systems.
Funding for this program comes from organizations committed to evaluating innovations in disability
and medical management to help policymakers and others understand what innovations actually work. Research priorities are established by a Program Advisory Board comprised of representatives from all organizations that provide special funding to support this program. For a list of funders,