The Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI) is the international not-for-profit, research and development Centre within the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the University of Adelaide, South Australia.

The Institute collaborates internationally with over 70 entities across the world. The Institute and its Collaborating Entities promote and support the synthesis, transfer and utilization of evidence through identifying feasible, appropriate, meaningful and effective healthcare practices to assist in the improvement of healthcare outcomes globally.

  • Translational Science
  • Synthesis Science
  • Implementation Science
  • Software for health professionals
  • Promoting evidence-based practice

We provide you with the best available evidence to inform your clinical decision-making at the point of care.

Prof Alan Pearson

Our Name

Joanna Briggs was the first matron of the Royal Adelaide Hospital. As the Institute was founded at the hospital and had an original focus on nursing, it was fitting to name it after an individual who had been involved in the hospital.

Our Logo

The JBI logo is a pebble dropping into water. It is a metaphor for the process of knowledge sharing and practice change and how a single act or piece of information can be a powerful catalyst for continuous change.


To celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the Institute a book was published which overviews the establishment of the Joanna Briggs Institute and its rapid development as an international leader in the promotion and facilitation of evidence-based health care. Jordan, Z., Donnelly, P and Pittman, E (2006) A short history of a big idea: The Joanna Briggs Institute 1996 - 2006, Ausmed Publications, Melbourne, Australia Available from Ausmed