Evidence-Based Policymaking: Implementation Oversight

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Evidence-Based Policymaking: Implementation Oversight

In 2014, the Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative identified five key components of evidence-based policymaking: program assessment, budget development, implementation oversight, outcome monitoring, and targeted evaluation. Taking into consideration and implementing one or more of these components can help states and counties use the Results First framework in ways that yield meaningful changes for their communities.

Jurisdictions can achieve the benefits of evidence-based programs by building capacity to support effective implementation, what Results First calls implementation oversight. Included below are links to briefs, fact sheets, and other resources. Along with explanatory documents, this section highlights how select states and counties approach this critical component of evidence-based policymaking.

Strategy: Use community needs assessments and screening tools to identify appropriate evidence-based programs

Strategy: Continually monitor program implementation to ensure that programs are accurately delivered

Strategy: Support providers and staff through training and technical assistance to effectively implement programs

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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.

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Implementation Oversight for Evidence-Based Programs

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Issue Brief

There is a growing consensus that rigorous evidence and data can and should be used, whenever possible, to inform critical public policy and budget decisions. In areas ranging from criminal justice to education, government leaders are increasingly interested in funding what works, while programs that lack evidence of their effectiveness are being carefully scrutinized when budgets are tightened. As the use of evidence-based interventions becomes more prevalent, there is an increasing recognition that it will be critical to ensure that these programs are effectively delivered. A large body of research now shows that well-designed programs poorly delivered are unlikely to achieve the outcomes policymakers and citizens expect. 

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