The Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative in Salt Lake County, Utah

The Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative in Salt Lake County, Utah


In June 2017, the Results First Initiative partnered with Salt Lake County, Utah, to improve the county’s program inventory efforts. The county was in the process of inventorying its education programs and saw this partnership as an avenue to bolster its existing work. Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams issued a letter of support for implementing the Results First approach. He noted the opportunity to improve upon the county’s existing inventory and better use evidence-based programming to boost education outcomes.  


Results First provides technical assistance to the Salt Lake County Human Services Department to expand upon its existing program inventory. Before this partnership began, the department was developing an inventory of the county’s Supporting Education programs. Results First strengthens these efforts by assisting the county in using the Results First Clearinghouse Database to determine the level of evidence in the department’s programs. This additional analysis allows the county to make informed decisions and increases awareness of evidence-based policymaking.   

Next steps

Salt Lake County plans to use its findings to better understand where education resources are being spent and how they can be directed toward the most effective programs. The work will also inform the county education committee’s policymaking decisions as it seeks to improve outcomes, from kindergarten readiness to adult education.