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Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative

The Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative works with states to implement an innovative evidence-based policymaking approach that helps them invest in policies and programs that are proved to work. This is a partnership of The Pew Charitable Trusts and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation supports creative people, effective institutions, and influential networks building a more just, verdant, and peaceful world. MacArthur is placing a few big bets that truly significant progress is possible on some of the world’s most pressing social challenges, including over-incarceration, global climate change, nuclear risk, and significantly increasing financial capital for the social sector. In addition to the MacArthur Fellows Program, the Foundation continues its historic commitments to the role of journalism in a responsible and responsive democracy, as well as the strength and vitality of our headquarters city, Chicago.

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The Results First Approach: Implementation Oversight

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The Results First Approach: Implementation Oversight

Jurisdictions can achieve the benefits of evidence-based programs by building capacity to support effective implementation, what Results First calls evidence-based implementation oversight. Included below are links to briefs, fact sheets, and other resources. Along with explanatory documents, this section highlights how select states and counties approach this type of oversight.

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How States Engage in Evidence-Based Policymaking

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Evidence-based policymaking is the systematic use of findings from program evaluations and outcome analyses (“evidence”) to guide government policy and funding decisions. By focusing limited resources on public services and programs that have been shown to produce positive results, governments can expand their investments in more cost-effective options, consider reducing funding for ineffective programs, and improve the outcomes of services funded by taxpayer dollars.

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Budget Development

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States and counties can use data to inform their budgets, what Results First calls evidence-based budget development. Included on this page are links to briefs, fact sheets, and other resources. Along with explanatory documents, this section also includes stories about how select states and counties approach this type of budget development.

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Results First Clearinghouse Database

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Data Visualization

To assist policymakers at all levels of government in identifying evidence-based programs and making data-driven budget decisions, the project has created the Results First Clearinghouse Database. This one-stop online resource provides policymakers with an easy way to find information on the effectiveness of various interventions as rated by eight national research clearinghouses.

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Evidence-Based Policymaking Made Easy by 'Results First' Tool
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Can Public Policy Be Inventive?
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Our Sue Urahn shares the latest facts and examples from across the U.S. in Trend magazine.

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Our Sue Urahn shares the latest facts and examples from across the U.S. in Trend magazine.

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