Evidence-to-Impact Collaborative Leading scientific impact through collaboration between practitioner, researcher, and policymaker communities


Our mission and what we do

Transforming the use of research evidence in decision-making through cross-system collaboration for the optimization of social investments.

The Evidence-to-Impact Collaborative (EIC) is a research center and information hub for the science of using social science - we aim to improve the data, methods, and processes related to research, the dissemination of evidence, and to understand the impacts of the use of research evidence on societal well-being.  We leverage our expertise in administrative data, program evaluation, and researcher-policymaker relationships for social investment optimization.

We are comprised of three core infrastructures:

Administrative Data Accelerator Benefit-Cost Unit Research-to-Policy Collaboration
The EIC is supported by Penn State's College of Health and Human Development, and Social Science Research Institute. Our projects are executed through the Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center.
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EIC Infrastructures

The Administrative Data Accelerator specializes in the acquisition and ethical use of sensitive administrative big data for research—from both government or industry sources. We collaborate with researchers across disciplines to facilitate access and use of this valuable information for research while maximizing privacy and security. Through this work the Data Accelerator aims to generate high-quality research while also increasing its relevance and uptake for supporting investments in evidence-based prevention and intervention.

Benefit-Cost Unit

The Benefit-Cost Unit (BCU) seeks to understand the value of investing in people through evidence-based intervention. We partner with researchers and policymakers interested in evaluating the economic and budgetary impact of programs and policies—including cost, cost-effectiveness and benefit-cost analyses. The BCU also engages in the development and dissemination of novel methods and guidance for improving the rigor and accuracy of economic evaluation. This includes the Prevention Economics Planning and Research Network.

The Research-to-Policy Collaboration (RPC) provides a scientific home for the study of translating scientific evidence for decision makers. This includes understanding nonpartisan use of evidence in policymaking to prevent social problems and promote societal wellbeing. The RPC is particularly interested in methods for improving use of research evidence, rapid-cycle experimentation of scientific messages and creating effective strategies to bridge the research and policy communities.


Meet our team

Evidence-to-Impact Podcast

Bridging the Gap Between Academic and Policy Communities

The Evidence-to-Impact podcast series bridges the gap between academic research and real-world challenges through a concerted focus on social topics that affect our everyday lives.

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