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The Evidence of Effectiveness: Beyond the Methodological Standards

NCJ Number
Justice Evaluation Journal Volume: Online Dated: February 2020
Date Published
February 2020
10 pages

Since there is still considerable debate as to how best to identify evidence-based information, aggregate and process this information, and then disseminate it to non-technical users, this article discusses the sources of this discord within the context of evidence-based registries and proposed ways in which to ameliorate it.


There is increasing recognition that policymakers can achieve substantially better results by using an evidence-based approach to solve social problems. Without resolving or discarding disagreements about how to identify and select for implementation evidence-based practices, the authors discuss how policymakers and practitioners can make evidence-based research a key feature in policy and practice. (publisher abstract modified)

Date Published: February 1, 2020