Creation of State Health Practice Database for Research

Official Title
State Health Practice Database for Research (SHPDR)
Columbia, Maryland
7/2013 – 2/2018
IMPAQ Health
Implementation Services
Advanced Analytics & Technology Solutions
The National Institutes of Health
Data Collection, Analysis & Reporting
Data Warehouse Development
State Health Practice Database for Research

IMPAQ developed the State Health Practice Database for Research (SHPDR), including the selection of content, database design and development, and website design and development. To support these activities, IMPAQ performed an environmental scan and gathered input from technical expert panels of health economists, health services researchers, and database experts. The SHPDR gave health economists and health services researchers free, user-friendly access to state statutes and regulations for the following topics:

  • Health care delivery and financing,
  • Quality and safety controls,
  • Workforce maintenance and development,
  • Provider and facility licensure,
  • Health information technology infrastructure, and
  • Access to health services.

It also included documentation on the construction of the variables, links to full texts of the statutes and regulations, and guidance on database usage.

Our work included producing a catalog of domains, topics, and subtopics as well as collecting the state-level data, which required us to review and interpret each state’s statutes and regulations. We also developed concise explanations to support the health economists’ and health services researchers’ understanding of the statutes and regulations and identified best practices and lessons learned to guide scaling of the program for future interventions.

This was a cross-divisional effort involving staff from our Technology Solutions and Health Policy divisions. We also worked with two subcontractors, including legal researchers from The George Washington University. 

The database (updated spring 2018), has been released and is publicly available at