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.

Priority-setting methods to inform prioritisation

Priority-setting methods to inform prioritisation: a rapid review

October 2012. Mooney G, Angell B, Pares J. This Evidence Check review considers the main approaches to priority setting to support resource allocation. While knowledge about their impact on efficiency and equity is limited, the report identifies ‘opportunity cost’ and ‘the margin’ as key criteria and proposes Program Budgeting...


Help-seeking measures in mental health

Help seeking measures in mental health: a rapid review

August 2012. Rickwood D, Thomas K, Bradford S. There is no agreed definition of help-seeking behaviour in the context of mental health and wellbeing in Australia. Based on this Evidence Check review, a standardised definition is proposed: “In the mental health context, help seeking is an adaptive coping process...


Cancer in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

June 2012. DiGiacomo M, Davidson P, McGrath S, Dharmendra T, Thompson S. This Evidence Check review examined the knowledge, attitudes and beliefs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians about cancer and their susceptibility to cancer. The review also analysed available evidence about the effectiveness of programs and interventions...


Suicide prevention interventions for Indigenous peoples

June 2012.  Clifford A, Doran CM, Tsey K. This Evidence Check review examined suicide prevention interventions targeting Indigenous peoples, including educational, social and cultural activities, an empowerment program, community level alcohol restrictions and mental health service delivery. The authors recommend a multi-strategic approach, targeted to the local community, and...


Workplace screening programs for chronic disease prevention

Workplace screening programs for chronic disease prevention: a rapid review

May  2012. Bellew B, St George A, King L. This Evidence Check review examined the effectiveness of workplace screening programs for chronic disease prevention. It found strong evidence of effectiveness of health risk assessments (when used in combination with other interventions) in relation to tobacco use, alcohol use, dietary...


Health benefits of public transport

Key health benefits associated with public transport: a rapid review

March 2012. Rissel C, Curac N, Greenaway M, Bauman A. This Evidence Check review identifies selected potential health benefits associated with the provision of public transport. Proximity to public transport appears to be critical. Partnerships between health and transport sectors can change behaviour if adequately resourced. A range of...


Maternity service delivery models for Indigenous communities

March 2012. Kildea S, Van Wagner V. This Evidence Check review looked at culturally competent maternity services for Indigenous communities. The review found that core components included community involvement, midwifery-led care, a broad scope of practice, local education of midwives, integration of Indigenous and non-Indigenous approaches to birth, collaboration...


Telephone coaching for chronic disease management

December 2011. Dennis S, Harris M, Lloyd J, Powell Davies G, Faruqi N, Zwar N.  This Evidence Check review supports the use of telephone coaching for vulnerable groups and for those with poor control of their chronic conditions. It found that telephone coaching can potentially bridge the treatment gap for...


Impact of using patient outcome measures in oncology

December 2011. Chen J. There is a growing interest in integrating routinely collected patient reported outcome measures (PROMS) into clinical practice. This Evidence Check review found strong evidence that PROMS improve patient-provider communication and increase patient satisfaction, and some evidence that it leads to changes in patient management, but...


Financial incentives and clinicians’ performance

Using financial incentives to improve the performance of hospital clinicians: a rapid review

November 2011. Scott A, Ait Ouakrim D. This Evidence Check review examines the use of financial incentives to improve performance in health care, including pay-for-performance models for health professionals and clinical units. The UK, US and Australia use different approaches, but there is insufficient evidence to determine their effectiveness. Download Using...