Douglas McCarthy is president of Issues Research in Durango, Colorado. He has more than 30 years of professional experience in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors and has consulted on projects for corporations, foundations, and universities.
Current and recent engagements include:
Conducting qualitative research on promising practices in health care delivery and cost control on behalf of the Commonwealth Fund. He recently supported a learning collaborative to promote partnerships between health care and social service organizations addressing the social determinants of health.
Leading the Commonwealth Fund’s Health System Performance Tracking team, which produced a series of scorecards measuring health care system performance at the national, state, and local levels. This project synthesized data from national sources of health care information.
Evaluating the impact of the National Standards for Systems of Care for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs on behalf of the Lucille Packard Foundation for Children's Health. This project included interviews with 50 stakeholders at the national and state levels.
He previously worked at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, where he co-led ethnographic research on the information needs of stakeholders in regional health improvement. At UnitedHealth Group’s Center for Health Care Policy and Evaluation, he supported product development of health informatics tools and implementation of quality measurement tools in health plans. He began his career supporting quality improvement for a local government.
A lifelong learner, Doug was a leadership fellow with the Regional Institute for Health and Environmental Leadership in Denver and a public policy fellow at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs. He holds a BA from Yale College and an MBA in health care management from the University of Connecticut. His training has included courses from the Cooper Interaction Design program, the Project Management Institute, and Claremont Graduate University’s Evaluator’s Institute.
Doug lives with his family in southwestern Colorado, where he enjoys biking, hiking, and improving his speaking skills with the local Earlybird Toastmasters Club. He serves as board chair of the Center for Improving Value in Health Care, which administers Colorado’s All-Payer Claims Database, and on the board of the Peak Health Alliance, a purchasing cooperative that has reduced health insurance premiums for residents of seven Colorado communities.