Results First Initiative
A bipartisan provision enacted during the 2015 legislative session directed Minnesota Management & Budget (MMB) to implement an evidence-based policy framework. Through the Results First Initiative, MMB uses high-quality evidence to estimate the extent to which publicly funded services may generate positive, cost-effective outcomes for Minnesotans. We partner with state, local, and national partners to identify and estimate the benefits and costs of a range of public services that support the well-being of Minnesotans.
As policymakers face difficult budget choices, knowing which services have proven outcomes that lead to taxpayer savings is valuable. This ability to use rigorous research, 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.