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Results First Initiative

The Results First initiative works with states to implement an innovative evidence-based policymaking approach that helps them invest in policies and programs that are proved to work.
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How States Engage in Evidence-Based Policymaking

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Evidence-based policymaking is the systematic use of findings from program evaluations and outcome analyses (“evidence”) to guide government policy and funding decisions. By focusing limited resources on public services and programs that have been shown to produce positive results, governments can expand their investments in more cost-effective options, consider reducing funding for ineffective programs, and improve the outcomes of services funded by taxpayer dollars.

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Results First Clearinghouse Database

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Data Visualization

To assist policymakers at all levels of government in identifying evidence-based programs and making data-driven budget decisions, the project has created the Results First Clearinghouse Database. This one-stop online resource provides policymakers with an easy way to find information on the effectiveness of various interventions as rated by eight national research clearinghouses.

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Results First to Help States Sustain Evidence-Based Policymaking

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Results First to Help States Sustain Evidence-Based Policymaking

As state policymakers confront a fiscal and policy environment dramatically altered by the coronavirus pandemic and the economic downturn, they can help achieve more streamlined and effective budgeting by sharing information and collaborating with other officials facing similar issues.

New Mexico
New Mexico
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How New Mexico is Using Data to Improve Early Childhood Education

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How New Mexico is Using Data to Improve Early Childhood Education

Children in New Mexico have long underperformed compared to many other states. To improve outcomes, The Pew Charitable Trusts’ Results First initiative worked with New Mexico’s Legislative Finance Committee, the state turned to leverage evidence-based policymaking, which can help ensure taxpayer dollars go to programs shown to work.

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Partnerships in Philanthropy That Deliver Lasting Results

Strong collaborations help Pew and philanthropists amplify impact and achieve shared goals

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The Pew Charitable Trusts works with philanthropists to make long-lasting, powerful, positive change—always based on solid research and tangible goals.

Evidence-Based Policymaking Made Easy by 'Results First' Tool
Evidence-based policymaking
Evidence-based policymaking

Evidence-Based Policymaking Resource Center

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Evidence-Based Policymaking Resource Center

In 2014, the Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative developed a framework for state and county leaders interested in evidence-based policymaking. This framework consists of five key components to help governments use rigorous evidence and data to guide policy and funding decisions.