Value of Information Analysis in Models to inform Health Policy

Christopher H Jackson, Gianluca Baio, Anna Heath, Mark Strong, Nicky J Welton, Edward C.F. Wilson

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Value of Information (VoI) is a decision-theoretic approach to estimating the expected benefits from collecting further information of different kinds, in scientific problems based on combining one or more sources of data. VoI methods can assess the sensitivity of models to different sources of uncertainty, and help to set priorities for further data collection. They have been widely applied in healthcare policy making, but the ideas are general to a range of evidence synthesis and decision problems. This paper will give a broad overview of VoI methods, explaining the principles behind them, the range of problems that can be tackled with them, and how they can be implemented, and discuss the ongoing challenges in the area.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)95-118
Number of pages24
JournalAnnual Review of Statistics and Its Application
Early online date14 Oct 2021
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2022

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Thanks to all the members of ConVOI (Collaborative Network for Value of Information) and to Howard Thom for helpful suggestions. C.H.J. was funded by the Medical Research Council, program number MRC_MC_UU_00002/11.

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Structured keywords

  • HEB
  • HEB (Health Economics Bristol)


  • decision theory
  • evidence synthesis
  • health economics
  • Bayesian
  • sensitivity analysis
  • design


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