10. Evaluation Policies


Since 2012, at the direction of the legislature, the Washington State Institute for Public Policy (WSIPP) has produced a series of inventories of evidence-based, research-based, and promising programs. These inventories are developed with the aim of informing state agencies about effective and cost-beneficial options for service provision. WSIPP has published a technical documentation that details the cost-benefit model and its application. The most recent inventories include reviews of the evidence in the areas of children’s mental health, child welfare, and juvenile justice (2020) and K-12 educational programs for struggling students (2020), which is also featured on the state superintendent’s Menus of Best Practices and Strategies website.

Issue Areas: Child Welfare, Criminal Justice, Economic Mobility, Education, Workforce