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...READ MORE
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.
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...READ MORE
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...READ MORE
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...READ MORE
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...READ MORE
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...READ MORE
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...READ MORE
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...READ MORE
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:...READ MORE
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...READ MORE