Founded in 1974, the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE) is an independent, nonprofit organization focused on merging scientific knowledge and research-based practices to create solutions that improve the health, safety, and well-being of individuals, communities, and nations around the world.
For almost 50 years, PIRE scientists, evaluators, and staff have conducted basic and applied health research supported by grant- and contract-funded projects, creating a longstanding reputation for research integrity and the application of science for the public good. The work of PIRE is supported by National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other federal grants, federal contracts, state and local grants and contracts, and foundation awards. PIRE has served as the prime contractor on multimillion dollar projects with the Department of Defense, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and Veterans Health Administration.
PIRE pioneered the development of comprehensive community-based prevention, most notably through a program of research at the PIRE Prevention Research Center, supported since 1980 by a series of competitive center grants from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Other influential accomplishments include leading multiple national roadside surveys of impaired drivers, documenting the cost-effectiveness of prevention, showing the effectiveness of policies to reduce the drinking age to 18, developing geospatial models of the health impacts of alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana outlets, improving substance abuse and psychiatric treatments, developing a transformative program of health coaching and integrative medicine, and estimating the costs of gun violence and crime.
Today, PIRE has a significant presence at local, state, national, and international levels as our scientists and experts conduct research and provide technical assistance to guide communities, service providers, and government entities on how to best use evidence-based programs, strategies, and policies to improve public health and eliminate health disparities. Into the future, the dedicated scientists and staff at PIRE will continue to identify innovative research topics, develop comprehensive evaluation strategies, and translate scientific contributions into practical solutions to improve the health of all communities and people.