What is Results First?
The Results First Initiative identifies public services that have been proven to work. By funding evidence-based practices, the state can improve outcomes for Minnesotans and do so in a cost-effective way. Minnesota Management & Budget (MMB), in partnership with the Pew Charitable Trusts and MacArthur Foundation, uses the Results First framework to inventory currently funded services, review which ones have evidence of effectiveness, and conduct a benefit-cost analysis using a statistical model. This peer-reviewed model was developed by the Washington State Institute of Public Policy (WSIPP) and is the product of ongoing, systematic assessment of high-quality evidence to identify practices that promote better outcomes.
MMB works with state and local partners to determine the scope of services and collect specific data for the inventory. We also assemble relevant stakeholders to gain a deeper understanding of each policy area. With these stakeholders, we create an inventory of currently funded services including information about each service, the agencies involved in funding or overseeing the service, and the extent to which there is evidence it affects desired outcomes. Benefit-cost ratios are estimated for services that have been adequately researched, have implementation fidelity according to the design found in the evidence of effectiveness, and have a reliable estimate for per participant cost. These ratios provide a comparison of benefits and costs across analyzed services.