Learning From and Doing What Works

The first step in doing what works is knowing what works. In fall 2016, the former Task Force hosted the MBK What Works Showcase, a science-fair meets demo-day style event that featured 33 of the nation’s premiere organizations and interventions with preliminary, promising, and strong levels of evidence of success across the Task Force’s cradle-to-college-and-career-goals. To help build the capacity of  communities and stakeholders interested in doing what works, the former Task Force hosted a multi-part What Works Technical Assistance Series.

Webinar: How to Create a Culture of Evidence in Your Community/Organization

Webinar: Identifying and Contributing to “What Works”

Webinar: Evaluation and Evidence-Based Decision-Making

Webinar: Innovative Funding Models to Advance “What Works”


Additionally, the Task Force reviewed current programs and practices to assess their impact and make recommendations. The Task Force examined existing federal “clearinghouses” and convened listening sessions to hear how existing research and evaluations are used by decision-makers and practitioners to understand best practices. The agencies identified strategies and programs with moderate or strong evidence of impact across multiple domains.


A partial list of federal clearinghouses contributing to this initiative is below:

U.S. Department of Education:

U.S. Department of Justice:

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development: