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Inventory of Services

Each inventory contains information about the listed services, the agencies involved in funding or overseeing the service, service details, and the extent to which there is evidence that the services are attaining measured outcomes.

Featured services are assigned one of the four categories listed in the following table, based on evidence of effectiveness found in eight national clearinghouses. Services delivered in Minnesota that closely resemble ones featured in a national clearinghouse (with respect to the nature, length, frequency, and targeted population) or have been rigorously evaluated in Minnesota are categorized as "Proven effective", "Promising", or "No effect". Services that do not resemble any of the services in these clearinghouses are categorized as "Theory-based."

Impact on outcomes - definitions

Proven effective

A proven effective service or practice offers a high level of research on effectiveness, determined through multiple qualifying evaluations outside of Minnesota or one or more qualifying local evaluation. Qualifying evaluations use rigorously implemented experimental or quasi-experimental designs.

Promising

A promising service or practice has some research demonstrating effectiveness, such as a single qualifying evaluation that is not contradicted by other such studies, but does not meet the full criteria for the proven effective designation. Qualifying evaluations use rigorously implemented experimental or quasi-experimental designs.

Theory-based

A theory-based service or practice has no research on effectiveness or less rigorous research designs that do not meet the above standards. These services and practices typically have a well-constructed logic model or theory of change. This ranking is neutral. Services may move up to promising or proven effective after research reveals their impact on measured outcomes.

No effect

A service or practice with no effects has no impact on the measured outcome. It does not include the service’s potential effect on other outcomes. Qualifying evaluations use rigorously implemented experimental or quasi-experimental designs.

Category of services

These services represent a category of services that a client may receive, dependent on need. As services can vary from client to client, we cannot assess their effectiveness.

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