Is the evidence-based medicine movement counter-productive: are randomised controlled trials the best approach to establish evidence in complex healthcare situations?
This paper examines the role of research that seeks to obtain evidence to support evidence-based medicine (EBM), using a case study of research into ear disease in Aboriginal populations, and suggested that in complex situations, perhaps randomised controlled trials are not the answer.
Menu of evidence: children and family services
The Menu of Evidence (the Menu) is an online portal and searchable repository of the best available evidence on what works for improving outcomes for children, young people, families, and carers.
Healing our children and young people: a framework to address the impacts of domestic and family violence
Lisa Hillan, Eva Ruggiero, Jennifer Parsons, Gareth Prior, Lela Idagi, Rachel Bruce, A.Twist, Tracy Gray
This resource is for policy-makers and practitioners working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children who have experienced domestic and family violence and have come into contact with child protection systems.
Supporting teachers to use research evidence well in practice
This report describes ways that schools can build teachers’ and leaders’ confidence in using research evidence, and why this is important. It presents findings from independent surveys conducted by the Australian Education Research Organisation (AERO) and the Monash Q Project.
Questioning the ethics of evidence-based practice for Indigenous health and social settings in Australia
The authors of this article argue that if evidence-based practice is really a means of achieving better health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, as Australian health and social policy planning would suggest, then there are fundamental political, ethical and methodological issues that...
Evidence decision-making tool for policymakers
This briefing paper outlines tools for education policy-makers to assess their confidence in a certain policy, program or initiative, and decide on next steps.
Improving quality use of research evidence in practice: insights from cross-sector co-design
The Q Project is a 5-year partnership between Monash University and the Paul Ramsay Foundation to understand and improve the use of research evidence in Australian schools. In 2021, the project hosted two series of co-design workshops with teachers, school leaders and other education stakeholders...
The effectiveness of crisis and post-crisis responses for victims and survivors of sexual violence: an overview of findings from reviews
The aim of this review is to provide an overview of the state of the evidence from existing systematic reviews, in relation to the effectiveness of crisis and post-crisis interventions for victims and survivors of sexual violence.
Evaluation capacity building in primary prevention: learning enquiry final report
This report represents the culmination of recent evaluation capacity building efforts in Melbourne’s west and a subsequent learning enquiry to understanding the current state of play for evaluation capacity from a systems perspective.
Change the story: a shared framework for the primary prevention of violence against women and their children in Australia (2nd Edition)
This resource is the second edition of 'Change the story', an evidence-based framework that guides a coordinated national approach to preventing violence against women. The report outlines the essential actions needed to address the gendered drivers of violence and shift the unequal distribution of power...
NSW Health COVID-19 Emergency Response Priority Research program: a case study of rapid translation of research into health decision making
The NSW Health COVID-19 Research Program was established in April 2020 to contribute to minimising the health, social and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in New South Wales (NSW). This paper describes the establishment and implementation of one element of the program, which is...
Parenting programs that support children's mental health through family separation
Evidence-based programs for separating families can provide practitioners in diverse sectors with information about 'what works'. This paper identifies the common elements of evidence-based parenting programs that support children's (aged 0-12 years) mental health through parental separation to inform the decisions practitioners make in their...
Building a net-zero future: Australian businesses taking science-based climate action
Throughout this report, the authors provide examples of how Australian businesses have developed a business case for adopting and implementing the science-based targets for net zero emissions.
What works for “what works” centres
This report outlines findings from a desktop review of 'what works' for evidence intermediaries and the barriers and enablers to implementing evidence in education.
What works to improve young children’s social, emotional and behavioural wellbeing?
This rapid evidence review identifies national and international prevention and early intervention programs that are effective at improving the social, emotional and behavioural health of at-risk children under the age of five.
Kinchela Boys Home Aboriginal Corporation practice framework
This framework represents two years of intense collaboration between Kinchela Boys Home Aboriginal Corporation (KBHAC) and evidence-building partner, ARTD Consultants. It is believed to be a first of its kind document, bringing together a peer-reviewed evidence base around survivor-led models, collective healing and trauma-informed healing...
How to improve gender equality in the workplace: evidence-based actions for employers
This guide summarises approaches that have been shown to improve outcomes for gender equality. It also indicates those which need more evidence before they can be recommended as widespread approaches.
Evidence use in early childhood education and care (ECEC) and schools
The Australian Education Research Organisation (AERO) has taken a first look at data from a recent evidence use survey. The initial findings presented in this infographic help to understand how early childhood and school practitioners currently use evidence in their work.
What contributes to placement moves in out-of-home care?
Children without a safe and stable home environment require alternative living arrangements and can be placed in out-of-home care (OOHC). This paper presents local and international evidence from a scoping review on the factors that influence placement moves for children in OOHC.
Co-designing evidence-based videos in health care: a case exemplar of developing creative knowledge translation “evidence-experience” resources
Well-designed evidence-based resources that reflect participant experiences and priorities are imperative for informed consumer health decision-making and to combat the pervasive health misinformation existing today. Qualitative research data can inform the development of such resources, but the process of reconciling qualitative research data with other...
Using research well in Australian schools
This discussion paper offers a unique practitioner perspective on quality research use. It outlines considerations for teachers, school leaders, system leaders, researchers, and research organisations in relation to increasing and improving the quality use of research in schools.
Research and evidence use in Australian schools: early insights from educators
This summary draws on quantitative findings from the Q Project's first survey of educators, which was administered online to teachers and school leaders between March - September, 2020. In total, 492 practitioners from 414 schools across four Australian states completed the survey: New South Wales...
Reducing the harm caused by gambling
Gambling harm, which refers to negative consequences caused or made worse by gambling, including emotional or psychological distress, financial problems, and difficulties with relationships, work or study. This audit report examines the effectiveness of the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation's efforts to reduce gambling harm.
Centre for Evidence and Implementation (CEI) Practice Elements video
One of the Centre for Evidence and Implementation's (CEI’s) core approaches to making evidence more 'implementable' is by using practice elements as the building blocks for intervention and program design. This video unpacks the practice elements approach.
Building a positive evaluation culture
This resource shares some tips and key considerations for managers who want to help build an organisational culture where evidence and evaluation are valued and can inform and improve practice.