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.

Survey instruments for monitoring self-esteem in children

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31 August 2020. This review will inform revision of survey instruments to monitor self-esteem in the Go4Fun healthy lifestyle programs which promote healthy eating, physical activity and confidence building in overweight children aged seven to thirteen. The programs include: Go4Fun, Aboriginal Go4Fun and Go4Fun Online. The review aimed to...

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Management of withdrawal from alcohol and other drugs

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31 August 2020. This review on management of withdrawal from alcohol and other drugs aimed to identify: the most effective practices; which withdrawal strategies are most effective in improving treatment outcomes for special population groups; and the differential effects of withdrawal management approaches by setting. The review identified the...

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Review of effectiveness of certain healthy lifestyle interventions (2014–2019)

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18 August 2020. Key behavioural risk factors for cancer include alcohol, poor diet and lack of physical activity. This review aimed to identify primary prevention interventions which are effective in increasing adults’ adoption of healthy lifestyle behaviours including reducing alcohol consumption, increasing physical activity, increasing healthy eating, and reducing...

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Client-centric commissioning

12 August 2020. This Evidence Check review aimed to identify effective approaches to ensuring client participation in the commissioning of human services. Conducted for the NSW Department of Communities and Justice, it will contribute to better understanding how to achieve authentic participation, and inform the revision and ongoing development...

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Paediatric deep brain stimulation

3 August 2020. This review aimed to assess the evidence around the use of deep brain stimulation (DBS) for paediatric patients with severe dystonia. It aimed to answer the following questions: 1) Is paediatric DBS safe, efficacious and cost effective when compared with best supportive care?, 2) Is DBS...

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The use of face shields by asymptomatic people to reduce transmission of COVID-19

The use of masks by asymptomatic people to reduce transmission of COVID-19

30 July 2020. This Evidence Snapshot found no evidence that face shields are effective in reducing transmission of COVID-19 among asymptomatic people in the community. No position statements on the use of face shields in the community were identified. Citation: Moore G, Rudge S, Du Toit A, Jameson B....

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The intersections between mental health and sexual assault and abuse

1 July 2020. This review examined the intersections between mental health and sexual assault and abuse. It aimed to identify key learnings related to service delivery and responses to improve mental health outcomes for people impacted by sexual assault and abuse. It reviewed themes related to sexual abuse and/or...

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Frameworks to support the implementation of genomics into clinical care

30 June 2020. Establishing genomics within clinical practice poses many challenges. NSW Ministry of Health commissioned this review to identify frameworks that have been used to support the translation of genomic research into clinical practice. Although the literature on the use and evaluation of frameworks that have actively translated...

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Biomedical engineering: a critical workforce in healthcare delivery

29 June 2020. This Evidence Check rapid review aims to describe the current state of the biomedical engineering workforce in NSW and the challenges to maintaining this workforce. It draws on a scoping report prepared by the NSW Ministry of Health, a desktop review and interviews with key informants....

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Community-based health promotion for older adults

29 June 2020. This review aimed to identify community-based programs for over 60s that combine physical activity with other activities addressing key health risk factors, and which are effective in improving health behaviours and outcomes in this age group. It also considered applicable to NSW, identifying characteristics relevant to...

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