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Evidence-based Practices (EBP) - EBP Policy Making

This brief is one in a series about the five key components of evidence-based policymaking as identified in ‘Evidence-Based Policymaking: A Guide for Effective Government,’ a 2014 report.

This report discusses how and why evidence-based policymaking is a growing national trend and reviews the framework in detail to provide tips and strategies that policymakers can use to instill evidence in decision-making at all levels of government.

Evidence-based policymaking, which relies on rigorous analysis of program results to inform budget, policy, and management decisions, is one strategy gaining support among public leaders who want to reduce wasteful spending, expand successful programs, and strengthen accountability."

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.

This brief is one in a series about the five key components of evidence-based policymaking as identified in Evidence-Based Policymaking: A Guide for Effective Government.

A “guide for [community corrections] agencies to transform themselves into evidence-based organizations” is provided (p.xv). Six chapters follow an executive summary: what evidence-based practice is; the integrated model; the principles of effective intervention; implementing evidence-based principles; leading organizational change and development; and collaboration for systemic change. The appendixes include: research support gradient; the search conference; and key concepts in organizational development.

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This policy establishes requirements and responsibilities for Users and User Trainers of the Level of Service/Case management Inventory (LS/CMI) in the correctional system of West Virginia.

Evidence-based policymaking—the systematic use of findings from program evaluations and outcome analyses to guide government policy and funding decisions—is growing in popularity in state capitols, but information is limited about the extent to which states employ this approach. In a new report, the Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative identifies five states—Washington, Utah, Minnesota, Connecticut, and Oregon—as leaders in this field. These states demonstrated the most frequent, advanced development of processes and tools for using evidence in policy and budget decisions.

In a new report, the Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative names Minnesota as one of five leading states in evidence-based policymaking. 

Actionable strategies to inform evidence-based policymaking at all levels of government.

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