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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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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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Help States Sustain Evidence-Based Policymaking

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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.

A patient displays his Suboxone prescription following his appointment at the Substance Use Disorders Bridge Clinic at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston on April 27, 2018. The patient takes Suboxone, a medicine that contains buprenorphine and naloxone, to treat his substance use disorder. He said he had been addicted to Opioids for 10 years but has been drug free since he started taking Suboxone nearly 2 years ago.
A patient displays his Suboxone prescription following his appointment at the Substance Use Disorders Bridge Clinic at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston on April 27, 2018. The patient takes Suboxone, a medicine that contains buprenorphine and naloxone, to treat his substance use disorder. He said he had been addicted to Opioids for 10 years but has been drug free since he started taking Suboxone nearly 2 years ago.
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A Real Opportunity in the Fight Against Opioid Use Disorders

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In a year in which the world’s attention has been fixed on the coronavirus, opioid overdoses and fatalities in the U.S. have continued to increase

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New Mexico is Improving Early Childhood Education

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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.

Peer Learning Community Helps Evidence-Based Policymaking

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The Pew Charitable Trusts’ Results First initiative launched the Results First Peer Learning Community in July 2020 to encourage its state partners to network and collaborate on strategies that promote and sustain 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.