"Solutions for great and complex societal problems are rare. There’s no guarantee that local successes can be replicated. But our best strategy is to look for ideas that work on a small scale and try to figure out how to make them work on a larger one. The right spirit is empirical: try things out, learn what you can, adjust, and try again. There are no foregone conclusions — except that we’ll fail if we don’t even try."
Dr Atul Gawande (via The Gold Standard) discussing the application of statistical techniques that focus on the most expensive patients ("super-utilizers") to lower health care costs in Camden, New Jersey. The gated article is now available free here.