Category Archives: Politics

Reading the Evidence Tea Leaves: Trump Inaugural Address Cites Welfare, Education

What role will evidence play in the new administration?  While that is not yet clear, in his inaugural address President Trump called out two issues where evidence-based policy has been playing an increasingly important role: education and welfare. While both issues … Continue reading

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Trump Selects Ryan Ally as White House Budget Director

President-elect Donald Trump has chosen Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC) as his nominee for director of the White House Office of Management and Budget. The OMB director oversees the development of the proposed presidential budget, various performance and management functions, and … Continue reading

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Woodson Meeting Signals Closer Trump Ties to Ryan on Poverty, Evidence

President-elect Trump today met with Robert Woodson, head of the Center for Neighborhood Enterprise and a close advisor to House Speaker Paul Ryan on poverty issues. Ryan has actively supported a Republican vision for addressing poverty as part of a … Continue reading

Posted in Children and Families, Evidence, Politics

The Future of Evidence-Based Policy Hangs on the Trump-Ryan Relationship

Like nearly every other aspect of the federal political landscape, prospects for evidence-based policymaking were upended by the stunning results of the 2016 elections. Pre-election polls had predicted a continuation of divided government, with Democrats winning the presidency and possibly … Continue reading

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Hillary Clinton Pledges to Double Investment in i3

Evidence-based policy made an appearance on the campaign trail this week, with the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee pledging to double funding for the new version of i3 — called the Education Innovation and Research (EIR) program. According the campaign: Hillary … Continue reading

Posted in Education, Politics

The Republican View of Evidence

House Republicans staked their claim to a share of the evidence-based policy movement last week. The proposals were embedded in a larger Republican framework for addressing poverty, the first in a series of such reports that are expected to be … Continue reading

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Obama Administration’s New Performance Grade: Improved, But Work Remains

The Obama administration has made substantial progress in measuring federal program effectiveness, but more needs to be done to shift federal funding to programs that work, according to a scorecard released Monday by Results for America, a bipartisan advocacy organization … Continue reading

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Will Congressional Bipartisanship Pave the Way for Evidence-based Policy Changes?

The New Republic is the latest news outlet to note that Congress has suddenly become more productive. The window of bipartisanship, however temporary, may pave the way for important advances in evidence-based policy. In an article by Danny Vinik, the … Continue reading

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Clinton Will Emphasize Children, Education, and Income Inequality As Campaign Issues

Hillary Clinton, widely viewed as the prohibitive favorite for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, emphasized early childhood issues, education, and income inequality as central campaign issues during a stop in Iowa yesterday. Clinton announced her candidacy on April 12. At … Continue reading

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