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.

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...


Implementing nicotine dependence and smoking cessation care in hospitals

June 2016. Wiggers J, Khanrin V, Wolfenden L. Yoong S, Paul C et al. This Evidence Check review examines models of managing nicotine dependence in health facilities under a smoke-free healthcare policy directive. The research evidence suggests that smoking cessation can be increased via a number of interventions including:...


Consumer enablement

May 2016. Batterham R, Osborne R, McPhee C, Mech P, Townsend B. This review examined consumer enablement, defined as the specific components that combine to make a consumer engaged. This review explores this construct in the chronic disease population in relation to its determinants; the tools and instruments demonstrated...


Evidence for the effectiveness of peer-led education for at risk youth

May 2016. Hunt S, Kay-Lambkin F, Simmons M, Thornton L, Slade T et al. This Evidence Check examined evidence for the effectiveness of peer-led interventions for reducing alcohol and other drug (AOD) related harms in at risk youth. The most common forms of peer-led education programs involved coaches or peer-support...


Healthcare performance reporting bodies

February 2016. Hibbert P, Johnston B, Wiles L, Braithwaite J. This Evidence Check review examined organisations that have a key role in healthcare performance measurement and reporting across developed economies. A total of 34 organisations from 12 countries were included in the analysis, with the aim of identifying trends...