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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 Team

Minnesota's Results Team Initiative

The Results Team 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 & family wellbeing
  • Criminal justice
  • Education
  • Employment & job training
  • Juvenile justice
  • Mental health
  • Public 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

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.

Administration for Children and Families clearinghouses

In addition to building evidence through a broad range of rigorous empirical studies, the department of Health and Human Services catalogs, reviews, and disseminates evidence related to Administration for Children and Families' programs. These systematic reviews of the effectiveness of interventions are designed to help job seekers who are low-income succeed in the labor market, research on programs and services for children and families to prevent foster care placements, the evidence for early childhood home visiting services, and sponsors the Child Care and Early Education Research Connections.

Department of Labor clearinghouse

The Department of Labor's Clearinghouse for Labor Evaluation and Research (CLEAR) mission is to make research on labor topics more accessible to practitioners, policymakers, researchers, and the public. CLEAR identifies and summarizes descriptive statistical studies and outcome analyses, implementation, and causal impact studies. For causal impact studies, CLEAR assesses the strength of the design and methodology in studies that look at the effectiveness of particular policies and programs.

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