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Evidence-based policymaking refers to the use of research to guide policy and funding decisions. Such policymaking can take many forms, but it often involves using research findings regarding the effectiveness of previously implemented policies or programs to inform management, policy, and budget decisions. Referencing research that uses rigorous methods increases confidence in the findings and applicability to real-world decisions. For definitions of “evidence,” click here.

Finding Quality Evidence

While there are many forms of quality research, the Results Team seeks to identify studies that can show the intervention caused the impact on participants. This is typically achieved through treatment and control style research. Below we have resources that will help with finding quality evidence.

Minnesota Inventory

The Results Team has inventoried hundreds of publicly-funded programs and services offered across Minnesota. Information on these programs and their evidence basis is available in the Minnesota Inventory.

Evidence-based Clearinghouses

The list below shows reputable and commonly used evidence-based clearinghouses. A check mark indicates that the clearinghouse contains at least some evidence on the corresponding topic area in the top row. To search all the clearinghouses shown below at one time, visit this page. We recommend using parentheses if you are looking for a specific program or service.

Aging and Adult Services

Child Welfare

Child & Family Wellbeing

Criminal Justice

Employment, Job Training and Workforce


Health Care

Higher Education

Mental Health

Other Social Policies and Programs

PreK-12 Education

Public Health

Services for People with Disabilities

Substance Abuse

Tax Expenditures

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 achieve their intended outcomes. An impact evaluation can help you understand more about how the services you offer impact the people you serve. 

You can visit the Impact Evaluation Unit page to learn more about the process of developing these evaluations.

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