RCTs for Health Care Delivery Improvement

A recent NY Times article highlights the use of randomized control trials (RCTs) as an important tool in identifying methods for improving  health care delivery. The article notes that the current use of RCTs for this is rare, but identifies researchers that are currently utilizing this method and obtaining results that have lead to cost and…

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Health Affairs Journal Devotes Issue to Data Integration

Health Affairs devoted its entire July 2014 issue to the issue of integrating administrative data–with a specific focus on its potential to affect patient care. This issue also pays close attention to privacy concerns, policy implications, and IT infrastructure. For more information, the Table of Contents for this volume can be found here.

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OMB Issues FY 2016 Budget Guidance

This guidance to department and agency heads specifically addresses how to move forward with regard to the July 26, 2013 OMB Memo, “Next Steps in the Evidence and Innovation Agenda.” OMB notes, “We appreciate agencies’ participation in the wide range of ongoing efforts to strengthen the use of data and evidence to drive better decision…

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Report on Public Housing Authorities Provides Rare but Vital Data

The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) has published a study with participation from the Research and Data Analysis Division (RDA) detailing information about clients that receive assistance from public housing authorities (PHAs).  The report, titled “Characteristics of Housing Assistance Recipients from Three Public Housing Authorities,” poses three central questions to frame…

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ProvPlan Lauded for Evidence-Based Contribution to IDS

The Providence Children and Youth Cabinet of the Providence Plan (ProvPlan) has been recognized for its evidenced-based work to improve the community through data. In a collaborative report, Mayor Angel Tavernas, Results for America, and The Bridgespan Group hailed Providence as an exemplary city in the use of data and evidence to develop effective and…

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Paul Decker, APPAM President, on the Importance of Using Evidence in Policy Making

Paul Decker’s presidential address focused on the importance of using evidence in policy making and public management. In it he emphasized three main points: (1) during these tough economic times, the use of research and evidence are becoming more and more valued; (2) government must embrace the use of data to inform policy and practice;…

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IDS Demonstrates Housing Outcomes of Individuals Leaving Institutional and Out-of-Home Care Programs

The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), with collaboration from the Research and Data Analysis Division (RDA), has published a report that scrutinizes the housing outcomes of individuals who recently exited institutional or out-of-home care settings in State Fiscal Years (SFY) 2010 and 2011. Data for this report comes from study populations…

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DSHS Services Mitigates Likelihood of Postsecondary Education for High School Graduates

The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), with collaboration from the Research and Data Analysis Division (RDA), has published a study describing higher education enrollment patterns among youth recipients of health and social services. The report utilizes data in the year following the 2008-09 Washington State public high school graduation. The study…

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AISP Featured in UNC Charlotte June 2013 Newsletter

The UNC June 2013 newsletter identifies AISP as a key leader in regards to the capabilities of integrated data systems. Both the Institute for Social Capital, Inc. (ISC), an organization associated with UNC, and AISP recognize that partnerships between stakeholder groups of integrated data systems are crucial in obtaining actionable intelligence outcomes that permit policy…

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Evidence-based Research–The Third Option in Battling the Budget Deficit

January 2013–David Bornstein’s NY Times Opinionator piece argues that there are more than two ways to approach the federal budget deficit. While Republicans focus on cutting programs and Democrats focus on raising taxes, Bornstein points out that a third option exists–utilizing evidence-based research in order to determine which government programs are working and which should…

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NY Times: Applying Evidence to Social Programs

Jon Baron argues the Importance of Applying Evidence to Social Programs In a New York Times Economix article Jon Baron, President of the Coaliation for Evidence-Based Policy, argues that in order for social programs and policies to work better, the focus needs to shift to “scientific evidence of ‘what works.’” He notes that fields such as medicine…

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OMB Announces Major Evidence-Based Initiative

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) recently issued a memorandum calling for expanded capacity and use of evaluation and evidence in government decision-making. The document can be found here. From the Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy ( http://www.coalition4evidence.org ): “In a potential breakthrough for evidence-based policy, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has launched a major new…

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