State lawmakers play a major role in advancing the quality of Americans’ lives, from helping to protect the air we breathe and water we drink, to educating our children. By researching emerging topics and developing 50-state comparisons, Pew identifies innovative approaches states are using to help solve complex challenges. Pew also conducts extensive research and analysis to understand how states can better serve the public, and we work with states to develop data-driven, pragmatic solutions to issues such as children’s dental health, the growing costs of incarceration, the need for cost-effective, high-quality home visiting programs, public pensions, and making voting more accurate, convenient, and secure.
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Center for Community Health and Evaluation Conducts National Study On How HIAs Can Inform Planning and Policy Decisions
The Center for Community Health and Evaluation (CCHE), with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, has completed a three-year evaluation of health impact assessments (HIAs) in the United States. CCHE conducted an extensive literature review and interviews with practitioners, community stakeholders, and decision-makers to identify factors that make HIAs successful. CCHE’s... Read More
Legislators across the country have enacted laws that promote the use of evidence-based programsand practices. To examine this trend, the Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative reviewed morethan 100 state statutes passed between 2004 and 2014 and identified five different approaches to promoting data-driven program choices. Read More