What if there are no qualifying evaluations for my program or service?
Many programs and services that are offered across the state do not yet have evidence of effectiveness. This means we do not have causal evidence to show that these programs improve their intended outcomes. An impact evaluation can help you understand more about how the services you offer impact the people you serve.
In Minnesota’s 2019 legislative session, Minnesota Management and Budget was directed to build evidence through evaluations using either experimental or quasi-experimental designs. Specifically, these evaluations will be related to 1) opioid education, prevention, treatment, and services, and 2) other programs provided through funding from the Minnesota Department of Human Services.
We will be working with partners in Minnesota State, local, and Tribal government agencies and other community partners to:
- Identify programs or services that would benefit from an impact evaluation
- Conduct an assessment to learn whether an impact evaluation is feasible in a given context
- Design and carry out an impact evaluation
- Analyze the data and report the findings
- Work with our partners to help them understand what the results mean for their program or service
We will place high priority on conducting evaluations that are relevant to decision-makers, can be implemented with rigor, and result in information that is actionable.
We value input and ideas from the public, recipients of opioid-related and/or other DHS services, staff in state, county, and Tribal government agencies, academic researchers, and other stakeholders. If you have an idea for an evaluation or a program or service that would benefit from an impact evaluation, please click here to fill out a brief survey to tell us more. We will work with our partners to prioritize ideas we receive through this survey and through other channels.