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.

Safe timing of emergency caesarean sections

Safe timing of emergency caesarean sections: a rapid review

September 2010. Homer CSE, Catling-Paul C. This Evidence Check review sought to identify the safest maximum time interval between the decision to undertake an emergency caesarean section and the time it is actually performed. Urgent caesarean sections should occur as soon as possible but there is insufficient evidence to...


Impact of reporting health system performance

Evidence check Chen August 2010

August 2010. Chen J. This Evidence Check review examines the impact of the public reporting of healthcare performance data. It provides an update on the international evidence of public reporting on the general public/patients, healthcare professionals and provider organisations, and includes key success factors of public reporting. Download Public reporting of...


Australian Early Development Index: potential uses of the data

Australian Early Development Index: potential uses of the data: a rapid review

July 2010. Ridley G, Williams K. The Australian Early Development Instrument (AEDI), a measure of early child development in relation to school readiness, has been adopted as a performance indicator for the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2009-2012. This Evidence Check review found that to maximise the potential...


Surveillance of physical activity among Australian children and adolescents

July 2010. Bauman A, Okley T, Salmon J, Hardy L. This Evidence Check review proposes methods to estimate baseline physical activity using existing data, and to measure and monitor children’s ongoing physical activity using existing infrastructure. It provides technical advice on approaches to assessing the accuracy of the measurement...


Tele-learning for health professionals

June 2010.  Shaw T, Tomlinson J, Munro A. This Evidence Check review found that tele-learning can be as effective as face-to-face learning in achieving educational outcomes, with internet-based technologies such as vodcasting, podcasting and desktop conferencing being increasingly used. The review identified educational methods and technology as two critical...


Aboriginal injury prevention projects

Aboriginal Injury Prevention Projects

May 2010. Senserrick T, Hinchcliff R, Ivers R, Martiniuk A, Boufous S and Clapham K. This Evidence Check review investigates the effectiveness of strategies, projects and programs that have been implemented for the prevention of injury among Aboriginal populations. Download Aboriginal injury prevention projects: a rapid review (PDF 446 KB)


Intervention research with Aboriginal populations

Effective and inclusive intervention research with Aboriginal populations

May 2010. Martiniuk A, Ivers R, Senserrick T, Boufous S, Clapham K. This Evidence Check review describes intervention research impacting on Aboriginal populations as well as the potential levels of influence for interventions. It addresses how preventative intervention research has been undertaken among Aboriginal communities in Australia. Download Effective and inclusive intervention research with...


Interactive media to prevent adolescent obesity

Interactive electronic media interventions targeted at adolescents for prevention of overweight and obesity: a rapid review

March 2010. Kornman KP, Nguyen B, Baur LA. This  Evidence Check review examined whether interactive electronic media interventions are effective for preventing overweight and obesity in adolescents. Positive outcomes from electronic media interventions included increased knowledge, changes in attitude (e.g. increased self efficacy), positive behaviour change (e.g. increased physical...


Physical activity measures for children and adolescents

February 2010. A Bauman, J Chau, H van der Ploeg, L Hardy. This Evidence Check review sought to identify measures that could be used for the surveillance of physical activity among children aged 5–17 years in Australia, under the National Prevention Partnership Agreements. It found there is a diverse...


Reducing the use of ineffective health care interventions

Reducing the use of ineffective health care interventions

January 2010. Gallego G, Haas M, Hall J, Viney R. Despite strong interest in disinvestment to improve health system efficiency, there are problems identifying which technologies should be considered, and strong incentives to retain existing technologies. Proactive strategies focus on changing provider information; changing incentives through different payments for...