A Sax Institute Evidence Check involves conducting a rapid review of existing research and evidence that is tailored to  a policy agency’s individual needs. Our Knowledge Exchange team then coordinates an Evidence Check Review – a concise summary of evidence that answers specific policy questions presented in a policy-friendly format.

The Evidence Check Library houses a selection of Evidence Check Reviews conducted for policy agencies over the past two years.

To commission a review call + 61 2 9188 9500 or email the Knowledge Exchange team.

Outcomes based commissioning and consumers

June 2017. Dickinson H, Gardner K, Moon K. The NSW Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) commissioned this review to explore which approaches to outcomes-based commissioning have been effective in improving client outcomes in the human services sector. Stage One of this review found that very few studies actually...

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Homelessness at Transition

November 2017. Conroy E, Williams M. People leaving government-funded services have an elevated risk of becoming homeless. This review examines the evidence about who is most likely to experience homelessness at this time, and how we can best support people to prevent this from happening. The authors consider six...

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Accountable care organisations

April 2018. Peris D, News M, Nallaiah K. There is increasing interest around the globe in accountable care organisations (ACOs) as models of health system reform that have the potential to improve health outcomes and patient experience, while containing or reducing costs of care. This review describes the purpose...

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Wellbeing indicators across the life cycle

November 2017. Miranti R, Tanton R, Vidyattama Y, Schirmer J, Rowe P. Governments increasingly want to know whether the programs and services they fund improve the way that people feel and function in their lives, that is, their wellbeing. This focus on wellbeing has increased around the world over...

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Alcohol and other drugs prevention in vulnerable young people

February 2018. Snijder M, Stockings E, Munro A, Barrett E, Knight A, Doyle M, Shakeshaft A, Hall W. This review summarises the evidence on alcohol and other drug (AOD) prevention and early intervention programs targeting vulnerable young people aged between 12–17 years old. Programs were included if they aimed...

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New and emerging technologies in neurophysiology and operating theatres

January 2018. Finnigan S. Medical technicians provide support to medical professionals in various ways including operating medical equipment and performing or assisting with patient assessments or tests. As technology advances over the next decade, it is expected this will impact the operation of these workforces and the skills required....

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Community-based approaches to adolescent obesity

August 2017. Miller M, Damarell R, Bell L, Moores C, Miller J, Matwiejczyk L. With more than a quarter of Australian adolescents currently considered overweight or obese, robust targets to reduce prevalence have been set. Evidence around obesity prevention approaches is needed to inform future interventions. This review focused...

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The Patient Centred Medical Home: barriers and enablers to implementation

January 2018. Pearse J, Mazevska D. This review examined published and grey literature (2013–2017) to identify barriers and enablers to the implementation of a patient centred medical home model. Five central themes emerge: policy settings and funding incentives; transformation and change management; care coordination beyond the practice; health information...

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Trans fats consumption in Australia

December 2017. Wu JHY, Downs S, Catterall E, Bloem M, Zheng M, Veerman L, Barendregt J, Thomas B. This expert commentary analyses data and recent policy developments to: examine the levels of trans fatty acids (TFA) in food consumed in Australia; assess the corresponding burden on coronary heart disease...

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Dietary fats and cardiovascular disease

Rapid review: Dietary fats and CVD

November 2017. Clifton P, Keogh J. This review examined the evidence for the association between dietary fat consumption and cardiovascular disease (CVD). Commissioned by the National Heart Foundation of Australia, the review looked at CVD incidence, outcomes for people with existing CVD, and the effectiveness of manipulating dietary fat...

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