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.

CAR T-cell therapy: a summary of evidence

November 2018. Kew K, Knight K, Karner C and Edwards S J. Chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy is a promising next generation immunotherapy for treatment of cancer. This review identified factors to be considered in NSW and nationally for assessment and implementation of this potentially lifesaving treatment. Accelerated...

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Service models for children under 10 with problematic sexual behaviours

December 2018. Cox S, Ey L-A, Parkinson S, Bromfield L. Children will display sexual behaviour as part of normal development, however age inappropriate behaviours are considered problematic. Such behaviours may have long term negative impacts and can lead to increased risk of sexual exploitation. While several recent reviews have examined...

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Managing health and wellbeing in the workplace

January 2018. Bellew B. This Evidence Check was commissioned to support SafeWork NSW in developing a framework to manage the health and wellbeing and workers. The author reviewed Australian and international evidence related to four specific areas: 1) Effectiveness – programs, frameworks or models which have shown to be...

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Capacity building and intellectual disability services

October 2017. Travaglia J, Debono D, Debono G. People with intellectual disabilities (PWID) have specific healthcare needs. This Evidence Check sought evidence for methods to improve the capacity of healthcare services, systems and workforce to respond to these needs. The included reviews identified areas for improvement including: structural responses,...

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Healthy lifestyle choices in children

March 2017. Toumbourou J, Rowland B, Renner H, Hobbs T. This review aims to provide evidence to inform effective prevention models for obesity and substance misuse in the primary and early secondary school years. It identifies risk and protective factors and factors that promote resiliency. For substance misuse, risk...

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Supporting people in social housing gain and maintain employment

March 2018. Leishman C, Cebulla A, Petrou K. There is a growing recognition that policies designed to assist people into work, retain work, re-train, supplement earnings and eventually transition out of social housing and housing assistance, deliver on both social justice and economic objectives. This Evidence Check aimed to...

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Review of effective strategies to promote breastfeeding

May 2018. Smith JP, Cattaneo A, Iellamo A, Javanparast S, Atchan M et al. Interventions to support breastfeeding are among the key childbirth and postnatal interventions that have a beneficial impact on maternal and newborn outcomes. This review examines the effectiveness of strategies designed to improve breastfeeding considering their...

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Outcomes based commissioning and consumers

June 2017. Dickinson H, Gardner K, Moon K. The NSW Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) commissioned this review to explore which approaches to outcomes-based commissioning have been effective in improving client outcomes in the human services sector. Stage One of this review found that very few studies actually...

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Homelessness at Transition

November 2017. Conroy E, Williams M. People leaving government-funded services have an elevated risk of becoming homeless. This review examines the evidence about who is most likely to experience homelessness at this time, and how we can best support people to prevent this from happening. The authors consider six...

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Accountable care organisations

April 2018. Peris D, News M, Nallaiah K. There is increasing interest around the globe in accountable care organisations (ACOs) as models of health system reform that have the potential to improve health outcomes and patient experience, while containing or reducing costs of care. This review describes the purpose...

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