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Governments Can Better Implement Evidence-based Policymaking

As the use of evidence-based interventions in government become more prevalent, it will be critical to ensure such programs are effectively delivered, according to a brief from the Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative. Read More
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Applying Economic Evidence to Inform Social Policy

This report by the National Academy of Sciences highlights the potential for economic evidence to inform investment decisions for interventions that support the health and well-being of children, youth, and families. Read More
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Evidence-Based Policymaking in Four California Counties

A case study from the Pew-MacArthur Results First initiative describes how four California counties have used evidence-based policymaking to meet the challenges of the state’s criminal justice reform effort. Read More
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Massachusetts’ Evidence-Based Approach to Reducing Recidivism

A case study from the Pew-MacArthur Results First initiative explores efforts in Massachusetts to establish an evidence-based approach to policymaking to decrease criminal justice spending, reduce crime, and improve public safety. Read More
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Advancing the Use of Evidence in Social Policy

A brief from the Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy outlines an increasing demand for and uptake of evidence-based approaches to policymaking, especially in the federal government. Read More
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Assessing the Costs and Benefits of Public Policies

A new online resource provides policymakers with an easy way to find information on the effectiveness of various programs as rated by eight national research clearinghouses. Read More

Results That Bring Change

MacArthur’s Interim President Julia Stasch and Policy Research Director Valerie Chang discuss the partnership between Pew and MacArthur through the Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative. Read More
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Benefit-Cost Analysis in Support of Children, Youth, and Families

Benefit-cost analyses hold great promise for influencing policies related to children, youth, and families, according to a report from the Institute of Medicine National Academy of Sciences. Read More
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Access to Medicaid Increases Healthcare Use

A MacArthur-supported study recently released in The New England Journal of Medicine found that access to Medicaid increased the use of healthcare. Read More
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Mississippi to Adopt System to Measure Spending Effectiveness

Mississippi officials are adopting an approach that is designed to help states assess the costs and benefits of policy options and specific programs and use that data to make budget decisions based on results Read More
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Assessing the Effect of Social Benefits

The December 2012 issue of the Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis (JBCA) explores whether government programs that benefit individuals improve the broader well-being of society. Read More

Foundation's Results First Work Informs OMB Evidence-Based Initiative

The Foundation's work to support the use of benefit-cost analysis tools to help states provide the best outcomes for citizens while improving fiscal health is influencing policy. Read More
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Better Results, Lower Costs in Washington State

This brief by Results First, a joint initiative of MacArthur and the Pew Center on the States, highlights how Washington state has applied effectively cost-benefit analysis to criminal justice programs. Read More
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Helping States Make Informed Policy Choices

Results First, a joint initiative of MacArthur and the Pew Center on the States, is helping states assess the costs and benefits of policy options and use that data to make decisions based on the results. Read More

Strengthening Policy through Research

Long before the current recession, rising deficits, an aging population, spiraling healthcare and entitlement costs, stagnant economic growth, and other issues were threatening America's long-term fiscal health. Read More