Since partnering with the Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative in September 2011, New Mexico has become a leader in using sophisticated cost-benefit analysis to inform policy and budget decisions.
Building on a strong history of investing in evidence-based programs and measuring their performance, the Results First approach has enabled state policymakers to get a clearer picture of the comparative value of potential taxpayer investments and to direct resources to the most effective programs.
New Mexico's Results First model uses state-specific data to compare the costs and long-term benefits of a range of programs and policies. The state's Legislative Finance Committee, working with the New Mexico Sentencing Commission and Corrections Department, implemented the model with a focus on public safety programs; as the model grew to include other policy areas, additional state agencies also provided data. Over the past two years, the state has used the Results First approach to:
This brief documents New Mexico's progress in implementing the Results First approach, highlights its accomplishments in using evidence-based policymaking, identifies challenges facing the state, and illustrates how this work complements other state efforts to use data to deliver better results.