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Finding Quality Evidence

The resources assembled on this page are highly reputable clearinghouses for quality evidence. While the internet offers many potential sources of evidence, the quality of that evidence varies. Clearinghouses vet these potential sources of evidence and present summaries of findings from those studies. The summaries include an aggregated assessment of impact.

If the policy area that you are searching for does not appear in the list below, please review the additional resources section or contact the Results First team

Minnesota's Results First Initiative

The Results First website contains analysis of Minnesota services in several program areas.

National Results First Clearinghouse Database

This website compiles research from eight national clearinghouses in one, central location. These clearinghouses conduct systematic reviews to understand what works. While each of the contributing clearinghouses covers a different program area and uses slightly different procedures and criteria, each delivers quality evidence.

Program areas include:

  • Child welfare
  • Criminal justice
  • Education
  • Juvenile justice
  • Mental health
  • Substance abuse
  • Other social policies and programs

The Cochrane Review and Campbell Collaboration

These two organizations produce systematic reviews of assorted interventions, programs, and policies. Cochrane is primarily focused on public and personal health topics. The Campbell Collaboration focuses on education, social welfare, and nutrition.

Washington State Institute for Public Policy

The Washington State Institute for Public Policy (WSIPP) summarizes a wide assortment of quality evidence to support evidence-based policymaking. Their website provides a review of what works in various policy areas, and estimates benefit-cost ratios specific to Washington state.

  • Adult criminal justice
  • Adult mental health
  • Children's mental health
  • Child welfare
  • Health care
  • Higher education
  • Juvenile justice
  • Pre-K to 12 education
  • Public health & prevention
  • Workforce development

Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS)

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is a federal agency that helps people serve their communities and improve the lives of others. This organization created the CNCS Evidence Exchange, a document that provides a listing and brief description of publicly accessible databases of research, evidence, and evaluations regarding social benefit programs and interventions. The CNCS Evidence Exchange is a guide for CNCS grantees to identify evidence-based programs and interventions or for anyone interested in research and learning.

Additional References

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