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.

International food service initiatives

October 2017. Carins J, Pang B, Knox K, Wilmott T, Storr R, Robertson D, Rundle-Thiele S and Pettigrew S. This Evidence Check rapid review was commissioned by the Australian Government Department of Health and brokered by the Sax Institute for The Australian Prevention Partnership Centre to better understand the evidence...


Inpatient care for children and adolescents with mental disorders

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September 2017. Indig D, Gear C, York A. This review examined evidence about when inpatient care is the most effective and appropriate form of care for children and adolescents with moderate to severe mental disorders. The evidence is limited and synthesis is difficult given the small sample sizes and...


Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation for Major Depression and Schizophrenia

August 2017. Ma N, Atukorale Y, Marlow N, Duncan J, Cameron A This review examines the current evidence for the clinical efficacy, safety and cost-effectiveness of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) for patients with major depression and/or schizophrenia. It also looks at evidence for its use within particular patient sub...


Effectiveness of alcohol and other drug interventions in at-risk Aboriginal youth

June 2017. Doran CM, Kinchin I, Bainbridge R, McCalman J and Shakeshaft A.  This review was conducted to identify the most effective interventions to reduce the risk of alcohol and other drug (AOD) related harm among at-risk Aboriginal youth. Fifty-two studies from across four countries were included in the...


Tools to aid the clinical identification of end of life

March 2017. Health Policy Analysis. This review examines the current evidence base for clinical assessment tools that can indicate or predict the likely death of people within one year. For each tool identified, a description of the populations with whom, and the settings within which, the tool could be...


Dietary patterns and cardiovascular disease outcomes

April 2017. Collins C, Burrows T, Rollo M. This review analysed evidence from systematic reviews to assess the role of dietary patterns in both primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Based on the included reviews, the DASH diet was found to be the most beneficial in addressing...


Increasing the use of research in population health policies and programs

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2017. Moore G and Campbell D.  There has been a rapid expansion in research literature about strategies to increase the use of research. However, there is little evidence of the effectiveness of different strategies. This review identified an urgent need for well-designed empirical studies to evaluate interventions.


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...


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...


Are libraries effective settings for accessing health information?

November 2016. Leung R, Flaherty MG, Rudd R, Toumbourou JW. This review examined evidence of the effectiveness of using public libraries as settings for health promotion and health education programs. Although very few such programs have been evaluated and reported in the literature, there is evidence that it is feasible...