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.

Increasing policy makers’ use of research

November 2009. Moore G, Todd A, Redman S. This Evidence Check review identifies conceptual frameworks for increasing research impact and identifies factors that may facilitate research use. It also describes strategies that have been used to increase research use and to encourage the involvement of agencies in generating research that is useful...

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Aboriginal adolescent sexual health programs

Aboriginal adolescent sexual and reproductive health programs

November 2009. Savage J. This Evidence Check review identifies approaches for working effectively in the area of Aboriginal adolescent sexual health, including factors associated with program success and evidence of cultural acceptability. It also explores Aboriginal adolescents’ knowledge of and preferences for sexual health services. Download Aboriginal adolescent sexual and reproductive health...

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Hospital nurse practitioners: models, roles and scope of practice

September 2009. Fry M. This Evidence Check review found that, at the international level, nurse practitioners are active in intensive care services, emergency departments, surgical and anaesthetic services, general medical services, oncology, haematology and primary health care. There was also evidence of a positive economic impact. In NSW, barriers...

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Radiology assistants – models, roles and scope of practice

August 2009. Adams E, Schofield D. This Evidence Check review examined potential roles for radiology assistants in Australia. There was some evidence of cost savings and of improvements in the accuracy and timeliness of medical imaging diagnosis and of improved patient outcomes. The review found that successful implementation requires...

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Financial incentives for health behaviour change

May 2009. Hall J. This Evidence Check review examined the evidence around financial incentives to modify health behaviours and improve health. It found few established programs and little rigorous evaluation. The review concluded that the evidence does not support widespread use of financial incentives for behaviour change. It stated...

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Community recovery after the February 2009 Victorian bushfires

Community recovery after the February 2009 Victorian bushfires

April 2009. Hawe P. This Evidence Check review examines government strategies for engaging communities in rebuilding and recovery following a natural disaster. The review considers the expected impact of the bushfires on health, principles for successful community recovery, critical success factors, and anticipated outcomes. Download Community recovery after the February 2009 Victorian bushfires:...

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Impact of providing after-hours care on acute care utilisation

Impact of providing after hours care on acute care utilisation

November 2008. Fry M. This Evidence Check review examines national and international studies of after-hours care service models and the extent of their impact on acute care and ambulance services. It also identifies the models’ feasibility and acceptability, their success factors and differences according to rural, regional and metropolitan...

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Preventing falls through physical activity

Best-practice recommendations for physical activity to prevent falls in older adults

November 2008. Sherrington C, Lord SR, Close JCT. This Evidence Check review identifies the types of physical activity that are most effective in reducing the risk of falls in older adults, and the frequency and intensity of physical activity that is likely to be effective. The review also identifies...

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Measuring physical activity for falls prevention

Physical activity measurement related to falls prevention

November 2008. Bauman A. This Evidence Check report identifies physical activity measures for inclusion in population health surveys for older adults. The report includes a review of generic physical activity measures and falls-related physical activity. It also reports on issues such as balance, strength training, flexibility and adherence to,...

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Conflict resolution in end-of-life treatment decisions

Conflict resolution in end of life treatement decisions

November 2008. Hillman K, Chen J. This Evidence Check report reviews avenues to address conflict in end-of-life care which can occur between clinicians, between patients and their relatives, or between the relatives of patients. It also addresses conflicts within society concerning expectations of medical care. The report reviews proactive measures...

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