The Results First Clearinghouse Database was created to provide users with an easy way to access and understand the evidence base for programs in social policy areas such as behavioral health, criminal justice, education, and public health. More specifically, it allows users to see if there have been rigorous evaluations of a program and, if so, to review information on the program's effectiveness.
The database compiles and displays key information from nine national clearinghouses, including the rating they assigned to each program and the program's description, outcomes, setting, and target population (where available). It also contains a link back to the program's original source page on the clearinghouse website so that users can obtain additional details.
Clearinghouses develop this information by reviewing and summarizing rigorous evaluations of programs within their focus area. Then, they assign a rating to each program using their own methodology and terminology (such as top tier, effective, positive, and model).
The database applies color-coding to the clearinghouses' distinct rating systems, creating a common language that allows users to quickly see where each program falls on a spectrum from negative impact to positive impact. This coding consists of five rating colors that correspond to different levels of impact as shown below.
It is important to note that while the clearinghouses' ratings within each rating color are based on similar criteria, the color does not indicate that their methodologies are identical. In addition, there is an "insufficient evidence" classification included in the database that has no corresponding rating color. This indicates that a program's current research base does not have adequate methodological rigor to determine impact.
A Microsoft Excel version of the database is also available for download.Download database
There are currently 2400 programs in the database. The graphs below show how these programs are broken out by clearinghouse and by Results First rating color.