Performance Improvement 2013-2014. What Lessons Have Been Learned About Conducting Systematic Reviews to Inform Policy Initiatives?

01/01/2014

HHS conducted a systematic review of the research literature on programs to prevent teen pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections, and associated sexual risk behaviors. Findings have been used to inform two new federal policy initiatives aimed at supporting evidence-based approaches to teen pregnancy prevention.

The research highlighted six key lessons from the review, including: (1) Don't reinvent the wheel; (2) Take care in defining the scope of the review; (3) Engage study authors and outside experts; (4) Report on more than just positive findings; (5) Expect that some review findings might not be implementation-ready; and (6) Use the review findings to encourage improved research quality and reporting. These lessons are intended to help the growing number of other organizations and federal agencies considering similar policy-driven reviews.

Report Title: Using Systematic Reviews to Inform Policy Initiatives: Lessons from the HHS Teen Pregnancy Prevention Review http://aspe.hhs.gov/hsp/13/tppevidencereview/rb.cfm
Agency Sponsor: OASPE, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation
Federal Contact: Lisa Trivits, 202-205-5750
Performer: Mathematica Policy Research, MPR
Record ID: 9531.1 (October 19, 2012)

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