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Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative

The Pew-MacArthur 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. This is a partnership of The Pew Charitable Trusts and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
Evidence-based policymaking
Evidence-based policymaking
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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.

Evidence-based policymaking
Evidence-based policymaking
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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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Colorado Dives Into Evidence-Based Policymaking

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Colorado Dives Into Evidence-Based Policymaking

Since 2011, Colorado has implemented several data-driven initiatives that are delivering positive results for Coloradans and changing the way its government leaders think about evidence.

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How Counties Can Use Evidence-Based Policymaking to Achieve Better Outcomes

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How Counties Can Use Evidence-Based Policymaking to Achieve Better Outcomes

Counties play an essential role in delivering front-line services to residents. From administering state and federal benefits to operating jails and supporting local hospitals, they invest more than $550 billion annually in local communities, according to the National Association of Counties.

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Evidence-Based Policymaking Made Easy by 'Results First' Tool
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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.