Thousands of lifesaving organs are wasted every year. Our goal is to highlight underlying causes that can be addressed. We investigated and analyzed the current organ donation system, looking specifically at common practices by OPOs, technology managed by government contractors, and the governance structure within the organ donation system. These reports outline what we found, and what recommendations we have for improving the system.
Researchers, including former government experts, interviewed more than 30 people within the organ donation system, including the following:
Our reports are based on those interviews, case studies, and published research.
The initial discovery sprint began in July 2020 and we finalized the first reports and recommendations in October, 2020. Subsequent chapters were added through spring of 2023.
The research is supported by Arnold Ventures and Schmidt Futures in partnership with Organize and the Federation of American Scientists.
Special thanks to everyone we interviewed who offered their invaluable time and insight into the inner workings of the organ donation system.
Research supported by Arnold Ventures and Schmidt Futures in partnership with Organize and the Federation of American Scientists.