Source: Pew analysis of statutes, documents, and interviews.

Evidence-based policymaking actions

To attain advanced status, a state must have:

To attain minimum status, a state must have:

Define levels of evidence

Definitions of multiple tiers of evidence that specify the strength of research methods (e.g., randomized controlled trial) or reputable source for categorization (e.g., What Works in Reentry Clearinghouse)

A definition of one tier of evidence that specifies the strength of research methods (e.g., randomized controlled trial) or reputable source (e.g., What Works in Reentry Clearinghouse)

Inventory existing programs

A list of state programs categorized by at least two levels of evidence that includes data on funding, performance, design, or location

A list of state programs that consistently reports data on funding, performance, design, or location

Compare program costs and benefits

A report on the costs and monetized benefits of multiple related programs

A report on the costs and nonmonetized outcomes of multiple related programs