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Sources of Evidence

Are you looking for an evidence-based intervention? The resources below are from organizations that have synthesized research findings and translated them into guidelines and intervention summaries.
  • The AHRQ Evidence-based Practice Centers (EPC) Evidence Reports are created by the AHRQ-funded Evidence-based Practice Centers, which review all relevant scientific literature on clinical topics.

    The Guide to Community Preventive Services is a resource to help you choose programs and policies to improve health and prevent disease in your community. It consists of systematic reviews covering a range of topics.

    The Health Systems Evidence is a continuously updated repository of syntheses of research evidence about governance, financial and delivery arrangements within health systems, and about implementation strategies.

    Healthy People 2020 Structured Evidence Queries lets you search for evidence-based strategies and practices related to the Healthy People 2020 topic areas.

    The Online Search, Consultation, and Reporting (OSCAR) System is an inventory created by the Indian Health Service of best practices, promising practices, and local efforts occurring among American Indian/Alaska Native communities, schools, work sites, health centers/clinics, and hospitals.

    The Population Council "The Evidence Project" uses implementation science to investigate which strategies work best in improving, expanding, and sustaining family planning services word wide.

    The Research Tested Intervention Programs (RTIPS) is a searchable database of evidence-based interventions and program materials and is designed to provide program planners and public health practitioners easy and immediate access to research-tested materials.

    The US Preventive Services Task Force conducts scientific evidence reviews of a broad range of clinical preventive health care services (such as screening, counseling, and preventive medications) and develops recommendations for primary care clinicians and health systems. The UPSTF is composed of primary care providers, including: internists, pediatricians, family physicians, gynecologists/obstetricians, nurses, and health behavior specialists.

    What Works for Health Programs is an online database of policies and programs targeting factors affecting community health.

    The SAMHSA's National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) is a searchable online registry of more than 230 interventions supporting mental health promotion, substance abuse prevention, and mental health and substance abuse treatment.

    The USAID conducts IS work at a global level.

  • 3IE (International Initiative for Impact Evaluation) funds impact evaluations and systematic reviews that generate evidence on what works in community development interventions.

    The Campbell Collaboration is an international research network that produces systematic reviews of the effects of social interventions. It is a sibling organization of the Cochrane Collaboration.

    Canadian Best Practices Portal for Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention provides resources and solutions to plan programs for promoting health and preventing diseases in communities. The site consolidates best practices for chronic disease prevention and control.

    CDC Global Health will play a key role in "evaluating the effectiveness and impact of PEPFAR programs; comparing evidence-based program models in complex health, social and economic contexts; and addressing operational questions related to program implementation within existing and developing health systems infrastructures".

    Choosing Wisely Canada is a campaign to help physicians and patients engage in conversations about unnecessary tests, treatments, and procedures.

    The Cochrane Effective Practice and Organisation of Care Group (EPOC) is a Review Group of The Cochrane Collaboration--an international network of people helping healthcare providers, policy makers, patients, their advocates and carers, make well-informed decisions about human health care by preparing and publishing systematic reviews.

    The Centre for Reviews and Dissemination out of the University of York in the UK, provides research-based information about the effects of health and social care interventions and undertakes systematic reviews.

    The Evidence for Policy and Practice Information and Coordinating Centre (EPPI-Centre) reviews evidence-based practices related to social interventions, including health promotion. The site also provides support for conducting systematic reviews.

    The healthevidence.org website facilitates the adoption and implementation of effective policies/programs/interventions across Canada. Staff regularly search for, screen, and independently rate systematic reviews from a variety of electronic and print sources. Registration is required.

    The International Guideline Library contains more than 6,400 guidelines, evidence reports and related documents developed or endorsed by Guidelines International Network (G-I-N) member organizations.

    The National Institute for Health and Clinical Evidence (NICE) Guidelines provide evidence-based guidance and other products help resolve uncertainty about which medicines, treatments, procedures and devices represent the best quality care and value for the National Health Service in the U.K.

    The World Bank describes the World Bank’s Development and Impact Evaluation group (DIME) and includes a definition of "delivery of science".

  • The Drug Effectiveness Review Program (DERP) is a collaboration between the Center for Evidence-based Policy and the Oregon Evidence-based Practice Center, who have joined together to produce systematic, evidence-based reviews of the comparative effectiveness and safety of drugs in many widely used drug classes.

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