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Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton (D) recently signed into law bipartisan legislation that will help state policymakers study the effectiveness of corrections and human services programs and identify those with the greatest return on public investment. Read More
The Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative is creating a central portal to allow policymakers to access available evidence on what works in government programs and practices and make the best possible decisions about how to invest public dollars.There is a growing body of research identifying the most effective public programs, but it has yet to be gathered and made easily accessible in a single... Read More
A new report shows cost-benefit analyses have helped states make better investments of public dollars by identifying programs and policies that deliver high returns. However, the majority of states are not yet consistently using this approach when making critical decisions. This 50-state look at cost-benefit analysis, a method that compares the expense of public programs to the returns they... Read More