Since 2015, MMB’s Results First team has worked with agencies, counties, and providers to understand the effectiveness of state investments. Through the work, we’ve identified more than 700 government funded services, programs, or practices offered across Minnesota. Of those services, however, less than half have high-quality existing studies that support they are causing the intended impact on participant outcomes. To better understand what works, two laws direct MMB to partner with agencies to study the impact of state human services investments.
- Opioid Epidemic Response (Minnesota Session Laws, 2019, Chapter 63) – Instructs MMB to evaluate funded interventions related to education, prevention, treatment, and services for individuals and families affected by opioid use disorder.
- Department of Human Services grant programs (Minnesota Session Laws 2019, 1st Special Session, Chapter 9, Section 127) – Instructs MMB to partner with DHS to evaluate a prioritized subset of services funded through grant programs.
To do the work, MMB built a team of data and research scientists to evaluate services and determine if it’s producing the intended impacts and, where possible, for whom. The team prioritizes:
- Working with agencies and other partners to co-create and answer pressing questions.
- Creating evidence that is rigorous, relevant, and used by policymakers.
- Using existing administrative data. MMB has established agreements with relevant agencies to securely and efficiently access needed data.
If you’d be interested in learning more about the team, or have an evaluation idea, you can reach us at ResultsManagement@state.mn.us.