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What Works Reviews

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What Works reviews complement the performance reporting in the Report on Government Services (RoGS) by reviewing current global evidence on what works (or does not) to achieve particular outcomes for government services.

The aim is to improve the wellbeing of all Australians through providing decision makers with high quality information on what works to address existing social policy needs.

The reviews are intended to be targeted at policy issues, be rigorous yet timely and balance the overall evidence with practical advice and theory.

The What Works reviews were trialled with two reviews. The first review was released on 18 October 2018. The second review was released on 9 December 2021.

A report on the lessons learnt from the trial of the What Works reviews was released on 9 December 2021.

Download the report on lessons learnt

Interventions to Support Carers of People with Dementia

This review considered support for carers of older people with dementia to assess whether these supports can prevent or delay entry into residential aged care.

Systems for Protecting Children

This project sought to understand what is known about systems that enable the public health approach to protecting children.