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Evidence-based policy news updates from the Social Innovation Research Center.

Leading News / Featured

Government Executive, Evidence Commission Outlook – New Hope for Proponents of Evidence-Based Policy (April 8, 2016)

Urban Institute, Everything You Need to Know About the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking (April 6, 2016)


W.T. Grant Foundation, American Educational Research Association (April 9-10)

Results for America, What Works in Federal Agencies (April 18, 2016)

National Prevention Science Coalition to Improve Lives, Congressional Briefing: Supporting Healthy Parenting through Primary Care (April 19, 2016)!healthy-parenting/j2vyt

ICS, Third Annual Conference on Early Childhood PFS (June 22-24, 2016)


Dept. of Education Office of Innovation and Improvement, Update on OII’s FY 2016 Grant Competitions & Awards (April 2016)

J-PAL, Health Care Delivery Innovation Competition (March 2016)

Nonprofit Finance Fund, Social Innovation Fund: PFS Transaction Structuring Program (March 2016)

Social Innovation Fund, SIF Classic Notice of Funding Availability FY 2016 (March 2016)

Annie E. Casey Foundation, New $5 Million Grant Program Will Connect Youth Facing Obstacles to Higher Education and Employment (February 25, 2016)


Urban Institute, Research Associate II (Policy Advisory Group/Justice Policy/Pay for Success)–Policy-Advisory-Group-Justice-Policy-_R-800053-1


GovLab, Key Findings of the Open Data Impact Case Studies (March 2016)


Brookings, Federally-supported Education Research Doesn’t Need a Do-over (April 7, 2016)

Fordham Institute, How to Use Social Impact Bonds to Grow Effective Education Initiatives (April 6, 2016)

Robert Slavin, Center for Research and Reform in Education at Johns Hopkins University, Accelerating the Pace of Innovation (April 6, 2016)

Education Week, Diane Ravitch Urges Parents to Opt Children Out of Common-Core Exams (April 4, 2016)

Robert Slavin, Center for Research and Reform in Education at Johns Hopkins University, Is All That Glitters Gold-Standard? (March 31, 2016)

Sarah Mead, US News, Learning From Teach For America (March 31, 2016)

Education Week, What Will the New Federal Evidence-Based Policymaking Commission Do? (March 31, 2016)

Education Week, House Hearing Weighs Student-Data Privacy Concerns (March 29, 2016)

Education Week, CAOs and CTOs Ramp Up on Collaboration (March 28, 2016)

U.S. News, Education Research Needs Data (March 25, 2016)

U.S. Department of Education, Data-Sharing Tool Kit for Communities (March 2016)

Education Week, Lessons From i3: California, Georgia Schools Learn From ‘Failed’ Interventions (March 24, 2016)

Education Week, i3 Grants: Findings From the First Round (March 24, 2016)

Education Week, Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Federal Innovation Grants (March 23, 2016)

Education Week, Investing in Innovation: An Introduction to i3 (March 23, 2016)

Bellwether Education Partners, How Should States Design School Rating Systems? A Conversation with an Expert (March 24, 2016)

Education Week, Education Data, Student Privacy Take Spotlight at Capitol Hill Hearing (March 22, 2016)

New America, Standardized Assessments of College Learning (March 22, 2016)

Data Quality Campaign, Roadmap for Early Childhood and K-12 Data Linkages (January 20, 2016)


W.T. Grant Foundation, What is the Conceptual Use of Research, and Why is it Important? (April 8, 2016)

Gov Innovator, Three Strategies to Promote Relevance in Program Evaluations: An Interview with Evan Weissman, Senior Associate, MDRC (April 4, 2016)

Annie E. Casey Foundation, New Paper Examines Role of Centers of Excellence in Promoting Systems Reform (March 24, 2016)

William J. Congdon and Maya Shankar, The White House Social & Behavioral Sciences Team: Lessons Learned from Year One (March 2016)

538 Blog, Failure Is Moving Science Forward (March 24, 2016)

BMJ Blogs, The Rise of Rapid Reviews (March 24, 2016)

W.T. Grant Foundation, The Next Generation of Evidence-based Policy (March 23, 2016)

Hewlett Foundation, Are You Sure Policy Can’t Wait for Research? (March 21, 2016)

ERIC, Estimating the Difference Between Published and Unpublished Effect Sizes: A Meta-Review (March 2016)

Results for America, Local Governments’ Use of Evidence in Policymaking (March 2016)

Pew Charitable Trusts, Pew and MacArthur Foundation Renew Partnership for Results First (March 11, 2016)


US News, Hospital Groups Debate How to Grade Quality of Care: Social and Demographic Factors Need to be Taken into Account. (April 8, 2016)

Fierce Healthpayer, Why Healthcare Needs Standard Care Quality Measures (April 8, 2016)

NE Journal of Medicine, Finding Value in Unexpected Places – Fixing the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (April 7, 2016)

Healthcare Informatics, Getting More Out of Your EHR: What Will it Take? (April 5, 2016)

Washington Post, Under Pressure to Digitize Everything, Hospitals Are Hackers’ Biggest New Target (April 1, 2016)

Health Affairs Blog, The Challenges Of Rewarding Value Over Volume Without Penalizing Safety-Net Hospitals (March 30, 2016)

Washington Post, Drug Companies Are Sharing Their Data – But Few are Looking (March 29, 2016)

SIRC, Medicare and Medicaid Continue Transition to Value-based Payments (March 28, 2016)

Health Payer Intelligence, Medicaid Challenges with Value-Based Care Payment Models (March 28, 2016)

Health Affairs Blog, Value Pricing For Drugs: Whose Value, What Price? (March 28, 2016)

Commonwealth Fund, Transforming Care: Reporting on Health System Improvement (March 24, 2016)

Federal Computer Week, Do Health IT and Privacy Rules Need a Refresh? (March 23, 2016)

Commonwealth Fund / CQ Roll Call, Lawmakers Urge Administration to Update Health IT Rules (March 22, 2016)

Stuart Butler @Brookings, How Can We Know If Social Programs Will Work? (March 22, 2016)

Nonprofits and Philanthropy

NPQ, The Strategic Philanthropy Crowd: Qualified Apologies-R-Us (April 6, 2016)

Kate Wolford @CEP Blog, Transparency for Impact (March 18, 2016)

GEO, Systems Grantmaking (March 2016)

Pay for Success

Open Minds, Pay-For-Success Takes Aim At Child Services (April 7, 2016)

Fordham Institute, How to use Social Impact Bonds to Grow Effective Education Initiatives (April 6, 2016)

IBM Center for the Business of Government, Funding What Works Requires Building Performance Systems (April 5, 2016)

SIB Review (April 4, 2016)

Third Sector Capital Partners, Why Run a PFS Pilot Program? (April 4, 2016)

Urban Institute, New Pay for Success Portal (March 29, 2016)

Urban Institute, Notes from the Field: (Strategic) Planning for Success with Our NoSA Applicants (April 2016)

Governing, A New Twist on ‘Pay for Success’ Programs (March 24, 2016)

Third Sector Capital Partners, An Alternative to the Social Impact Bond? (March 23, 2016)

Harvard Kennedy School, How “Pay for Success” Allows Governments to Experiment Without Risk (March 23, 2016)

Third Sector Capital Partners, Authorizing Pay for Success Projects – Legislative Review (March 22, 2016)

Nonprofits Assistance Fund, What Has Stalled Implementation of the Minnesota Pay for Performance Bond Pilot? (March 22, 2016)

HUD, Financing Effective Housing Interventions With Pay for Success (March 2016)


Cities Today, New Report Reveals How Data Can Drive Better Policymaking (April 5, 2016)

IBM Center for the Business of Government, Does Performance Matter? (March 28, 2016)

The Economist, How Cities Score (March 26, 2016)

Bruce Katz @Brookings, Devolution For an Urban Age: City Power and Problem-solving (March 25, 2016)

Harvard Ash Center, GIS in Focus (March 25, 2016)

Stephen Goldsmith, Overcoming the Data Gap (March 23, 2016)

Stanford Social Innovation Review, Forgetting Failure (March 22, 2016)

Next City, How the City of New Orleans Nudged Residents by Texting (March 22, 2016)

Stanford Social Innovation Review, Who Will Pay for Data? (Spring 2016)

Gov Innovator, Insights from the City of New Orleans’ Analytics Unit, NOLAlytics, about Using Data to Improve City Services (March 18, 2016)

Governing, Government’s Data-Driven Frenemies (March 17, 2016)

Social Services

Social Innovation Fund, A Forum on the Social Innovation Fund’s Future and New Grant Competition (April 5, 2016)

Workforce Data Quality Campaign, External Collaboration on Workforce Data (April 4, 2016)

ACF / OPRE, Using Data to Connect TANF Clients to Good Jobs: An Opportunity to Foster WIOA Partnerships (March 31, 2016)

Rep. Hal Rogers, Rogers, Larson, Cohen, and Wilson Introduce Bi-Partisan Legislation to Spur Job Creation and Investment in Promise Zones (March 23, 2016)

The Hill, Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Incentivize Jobs in High-poverty Areas (March 23, 2016)

Administration for Children and Families, Matched and Administrative Data in Child Care (March 23, 2016)

Data Quality Campaign, Jobs Programs Need Data, Not Just Dollars (March 22, 2016)

PBS News Hour, Can Big Data Save These Children? (March 22, 2016)

Administration for Children and Families, New Common Framework for Research and Evaluation (March 18, 2016)

GAO, Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act: Information on Planned Changes to State Performance Reporting and Related Challenges (March 7, 2016)

QRIS Network, 2016 Quality Investments: How to Use Administrative Data and Other Sources to Evaluate What is Working (March 2016)

San Diego State University, Literature Review: Predictive Analytics in Human Services (February 2016)