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Inventory of Services

Each inventory contains information about the listed services, the agencies involved in funding or overseeing the service, service details, and the extent to which there is evidence that the services are attaining measured outcomes.

Featured services are assigned one of the six categories listed in the following table, based on evidence of effectiveness found in eight national clearinghouses. Services delivered in Minnesota that closely resemble ones featured in a national clearinghouse (with respect to the nature, length, frequency, and targeted population) or have been rigorously evaluated in Minnesota are categorized as "Proven effective", "Promising", "Mixed effects", "No effect", or "Proven harmful". Services that do not resemble any of the services in these clearinghouses are categorized as "Theory-based". Some of these labels may also include "Category of services".

                                                                    Impact on outcomes - definitions
                Proven effective A proven effective service or practice offers a high level of research on effectiveness for at least one outcome of interest. This is determined through multiple qualifying evaluations outside of Minnesota or one or more qualifying local evaluation. Qualifying evaluations use rigorously implemented experimental or quasi-experimental designs.
                    Promising A promising service or practice has some research demonstrating effectiveness for at least one outcome of interest. This may be a single qualifying evaluation that is not contradicted by other such studies but does not meet the full criteria for the proven effective designation. Qualifying evaluations use rigorously implemented experimental or quasi-experimental designs.
                 Theory-based A theory-based service or practice has no research on effectiveness or research designs that do not meet the above standards. These services and practices may have a well-constructed logic model or theory of change. This ranking is neutral. Services may move up to promising or proven effective after research reveals their causal impact on measured outcomes.
                 Mixed effects A mixed effects service or practice offers a high level of research on the effectiveness of multiple outcomes. However, the outcomes have contradictory effects, and there is not additional analysis to quantify the overall favorable or unfavorable impact of this service. This is determined through multiple qualifying studies outside of Minnesota or one or more qualifying local evaluation. Qualifying evaluations use rigorously implemented experimental or quasi-experimental designs.
                    No effect A service or practice with no effects has no impact on the measured outcome. It does not include the service’s potential effect on other outcomes. Qualifying evaluations use rigorously implemented experimental or quasi-experimental designs.
                Proven harmful A proven harmful service or practice offers a high level of research that shows program participation adversely affects outcomes of interest. This is determined through multiple qualifying evaluations outside of Minnesota or one or more qualifying local evaluation. Qualifying evaluations use rigorously implemented experimental or quasi-experimental designs.
           Category of services These services represent a category of services that a client may receive, dependent on need. Some of these services may be evidence-based, but the services have not been studied holistically. As services can vary from client to client, we cannot assess their effectiveness.
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