Category Archives: Evidence

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

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Wrong: Why Experts Keep Failing Us

Evidence-based policy rests, in part, on the assumption that the effectiveness of certain programs can be determined through rigorous research. But what if the research — not just on social programs, but science in general — is usually wrong? That … Continue reading

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Trump Budget Uses Research Evidence to Justify Spending Cuts

President Trump’s full budget proposal for the coming federal fiscal year (FY 2018), which was released earlier today, has shown that evidence can be used not just to justify increased funding for programs that work, but also to cut funding … Continue reading

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Congress Set to Defund Social Innovation Fund

An omnibus appropriations package that Congress is slated to vote on later this week contains no funding for the Social Innovation Fund.  Barring any last minute changes, this may be the end of the road for this signature evidence-based program. … Continue reading

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