Author Archives: Patrick Lester

GAO Finds Federal Use of Evaluation Appears Unchanged Since 2013

A GAO report released in late September has found that that fewer than half (40 percent) of surveyed federal managers say that an evaluation had been completed within the past 5 years of any program, operation, or project they were … Continue reading

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Evidence Commission Recommendations Generate Pushback in House Hearing

A hearing today by the House Committee on Oversight and Reform appeared to generate more questions than support for the recommendations of the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking. The hearing’s four witnesses, all of whom served on the commission (including the … Continue reading

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What Does the Federal Evidence Infrastructure Look Like?

What is needed at the federal level to expand the use of evidence?  Where are we?  What else do we need to do? Earlier this month, the Forum for Youth Investment released a very good report that answers these questions. … Continue reading

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Evidence Commission’s Proposed Data Service May Be Built in Stages

Additional details are beginning to emerge about next steps following the release last week of the final report of the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking. A hearing by the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, originally scheduled for September 12, has … Continue reading

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Congress Expected to Act on Evidence Commission Recommendations

The House and Senate are reportedly readying legislation that will adopt at least some of the recommendations of the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking, which released its final report earlier today. House Speaker Paul Ryan and Sen. Patty Murray, who sponsored … Continue reading

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Conservatives Push Back on Liberal-leaning Academic Research

Lurking below the bipartisan harmony on evidence-based policy is an important conflict. How much of the evidence is driven by left-leaning political agendas? The division surfaced in interviews with prominent conservatives last year: “A lot of the people doing these … Continue reading

Posted in Criminal Justice, Evidence

Medicare Value-based Care Program Penalizes Physicians Serving High-risk Patients

A new paper in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) has indicated that value-based payments to physicians in the Medicare program penalize those who serve socially or medically high-risk patients. The study investigated first year results for the … Continue reading

Posted in Health

Using Active Contract Management to Improve Program Outcomes

Jeffrey Liebman, a former Obama administration official who is now at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, has authored a paper that brings together some of the disparate strings of evidence-based policy and performance management. The paper, Using Data to … Continue reading

Posted in Performance Management

Study Suggests Central Role of Leadership in Evidence-based Change

A study of research use in schools published in the American Educational Research Journal suggests that involved leadership is centrally important to the success of evidence-driven improvement programs. The study followed 23 school administrators across six school districts that were … Continue reading

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