Building and using evidence
10. Evaluation Policies
Does the state have evaluation policies and a learning agenda to support the building and use of evidence?
The state has evaluation policies and a learning agenda that outline the principles, people, and activities to use evidence to improve results.
In 2018, Minnesota Management and Budget adopted an evaluation policy, which governs its use of evaluations and requires the public release of all completed evaluation reports regardless of findings. The policy outlines key principles for evaluation: rigor, relevance, independence, transparency, and ethics. Part of this requires pre-registration of evaluations and final results. Once complete, evaluations become a part of Minnesota’s Inventory, which shows the evidence base for 730 state interventions, and allows for sorting based on level of evidence, service population, settings, and outcomes.