Category Archives: Politics

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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A Republican View of Evidence: An Interview with Congressman Todd Young

This is the first in a series of interviews with influential Republicans and Democrats in Congress about evidence and innovation issues. Congressman Todd Young (R-IN) is seen as a Republican leader on social welfare issues. He is the second-ranking Republican … Continue reading

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Will Social Innovation Become a 2016 Presidential Campaign Issue?

Anti-poverty issues and income inequality may be becoming presidential campaign issues if the rhetoric coming from potential 2016 aspirants in recent days is any gauge. Will evidence-based social policy and innovation rise along with them? The talk began with the … Continue reading

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Is There a Bipartisan Evidence Agenda?

With control of Congress and the White House split between Republicans and Democrats, there may be little reason to think much will be accomplished in Washington between now and the 2016 elections. But a new book from Results for America … Continue reading

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White House Finds Common Ground With House Republicans on Evidence Agenda

A team of White House representatives met with staff of the House Budget Committee in late August to discuss possible areas of agreement on evidence and evaluation, according to a report from Government Executive. The meeting came after the White … Continue reading

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Performance and Outcomes in the Ryan Anti-poverty Plan

On July 24, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) gave a major speech on poverty that may foreshadow his party’s thinking if Republicans retake the White House in 2016. The speech was accompanied by the release of a 73-page plan, which he … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Power of Being Right

“Facts are stubborn things.” It’s a quote variably attributed to Mark Twain, John Adams, and the French novelist Alain-Rene Lesage (if Wikipedia serves me). Whatever its origins, it is an apt phrase to describe the theme of Henry Waxman’s new … Continue reading

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Book Review: So … Lobbying Groups Don’t Have Much Influence?

Robert Kaiser’s new book,┬áSo Damn Much Money: The Triumph of Lobbying and the Corrosion of American Government, attempts to make the not-so-surprising argument that money and lobbyists dominate Washington, and that we are worse off as a nation because of … Continue reading

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