RESEARCH from the Project
- Issue Brief
- Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative
The Iowa Department of Corrections, or DOC, has a long tradition of using evidence-based principles to prioritize and evaluate programming. But it lacked information about whether alternative programs could reduce recidivism and what their long-term costs and benefits would be. more
This first-of-its-kind study measures states’ use of cost-benefit analysis. The approach compares the expense of public programs to the returns they deliver, enabling policymakers to direct limited dollars toward the most cost-effective programs and policies while curbing spending on those that have proven to be ineffective. more
This case study focuses on quality assurance monitoring in juvenile justice programs in Washington state—which has led the way in using cutting-edge cost-benefit analysis to guide its budget and policy choices. more
This report, from a Results First partner, offers a user-friendly look at the costs and benefits of evidence-based programs in the following areas: adult and juvenile criminal justice, child welfare, pre-K–12 education, adult and children’s mental health, and substance abuse. more
This 2012 brief details how Results First, an initiative of the Pew Center on the States and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation with additional support from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, helped other states implement Washington’s model for use in criminal justice. Over time, this model can be implemented in policy areas such as child welfare, health care, housing, Pre-K-12 education, mental health, public assistance, substance abuse, and teen birth-prevention programs.