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Using Evidence in Policy Making

What is evidence-based policymaking?

Evidence-based policymaking refers to the use of research to guide policy and funding decisions. Such policymaking can take many forms, but it often involves using research findings regarding the effectiveness of previously implemented policies or programs to inform management, policy, and budget decisions. Referencing research that uses rigorous methods increases confidence in the findings and applicability to real-world decisions. 

Where can I find quality evidence of impact?

This page provides links to resources that compile quality evidence on the impact of policies and programs. While there are many forms of quality research, MMB seeks to identify studies that can show the intervention actually caused the impact on participants. This is typically achieved through treatment and control style research. Two places to start searching for those types of studies are:

Other sources of quality evidence are available here.

How can I use quality evidence?

State and local governments interested in investing in services that are evidence-based can use the links above for additional details on finding, understanding, using, and implementing evidence-based interventions.

Why is this important?

As policymakers face difficult budget choices, it is valuable to know which services have proven outcomes. Such research findings, combined with context from local practitioners, gives policymakers access to valuable information when making decisions. When applied consistently, these insights improve outcomes and maximize benefits for Minnesotans.

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