Part of the "Defining positive outcomes" series from the Stanford Social Innovation Review, produced in partnership with Third Sector Capital Partners, this piece by Jennifer Brooks of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation explores the need to adapt evidence-based practice to the specific problems at hand in order to unlock its real potential to improve outcomes.
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We need high standards for this evidence, but given the limited number of truly evidence-based practices, we also need to help decision-makers understand how best to proceed when rigorously tested solutions aren’t available."
About the author
Jennifer Brooks is a senior program officer at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and a leading expert in the application of research to policy and practice in early childhood education.
Who is it for?
Exploring the experience of promoting evidence-based practice to decision makers in the United States, this article is a practical reflection on how the full potential of evidence and impact measurement might be unlocked.
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