Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative

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The Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative

In the current fiscal environment, most states and counties face tough budget choices and lack the resources to support traditional levels of public services. Increasingly, policy makers seek programs and policies that yield the greatest benefits in the most cost-effective way. 

The Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative, a project of The Pew Charitable Trusts and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, works with select states and counties to implement an innovative cost-benefit analysis approach that helps them invest in policies and programs that are proven to work. Using innovative and customizable methods, Results First partners build internal capacity to: 

  • Create an inventory of currently funded programs;
  • Review which programs work;
  • Conduct benefit-cost analysis to compare programs’ likely return on investment; and
  • Use evidence to inform spending and policy decisions.

For more information about the Results First project, click here.

Video: CSAC presents to Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors on Results First Initiative, August 16, 2016

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