Evidence-based resources (EBRs) are reviews of published intervention evaluations or studies that have evidence of effectiveness, feasibility, reach, sustainability, and transferability. Federal subject matter experts with different backgrounds and areas of expertise identified the Healthy People 2030 EBRs.
EBRs are grouped by topic, and each EBR is related to one or more Healthy People 2030 objectives. If you can’t find an EBR for a particular topic, check back soon. We’ll be adding EBRs for any topics that don’t have them.
How can I use EBRs in my work?
EBRs are a starting point for addressing public health priorities. Since EBRs are published reviews of studies and interventions to improve health, they explain what’s worked and what hasn’t.
Use EBRs to learn about proven, science-based methods to improve health and prevent disease — and base your own efforts and activities on those interventions. Whether you’re working in tobacco control, workplace safety, STI prevention, or another area entirely, EBRs can help you develop programs and policies that are informed by evidence on what works and what is replicable, scalable, and sustainable.
What types of EBRs does Healthy People have?
Healthy People 2030 EBRs fall into 2 categories:
- Systematic reviews
- Non-systematic reviews
Some EBRs are formal, comprehensive systematic reviews. A systematic review is a critical assessment of all research studies that address a particular issue.
To perform systematic reviews, researchers use an organized method and specific criteria to find, gather, and evaluate a body of literature. Systematic reviews usually include a description of the overall findings, and they sometimes include a quantitative pooling of data, called a meta-analysis.
Examples of systematic reviews include:
- Recommendations of the Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF)
- Recommendations of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)
- Cochrane Reviews
- Systematic reviews published in peer-reviewed journals
Other EBRs are non-comprehensive non-systematic reviews. A non-systematic review is a critical assessment of some — but not all — research studies that address a particular issue. Some non-systematic reviews include a meta-analysis, while others don’t.
EBRs classified as non-systematic reviews are published by the federal government or in peer-reviewed journals.
Have EBRs changed since Healthy People 2020?
Just like in Healthy People 2020, Healthy People 2030 features EBRs that are based on rigorous or strong evidence. Healthy People 2020 also included a few EBRs based on moderate evidence.
In addition, Healthy People 2020 EBRs were rated using 4 levels to describe the strength of the evidence. Healthy People 2030 no longer uses a rating system to classify EBRs.