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Building Evidence and Learning Agendas in Federal Agencies


Join the Urban Institute, the Bipartisan Policy Center, and Results for America for a conversation with senior federal leaders about how agencies use learning agendas and other evidence-building approaches to guide their research activities and inform agency decisions on high-priority issues.
Agency leaders are increasingly working to build a culture of learning and to promote evidence building within federal agencies. Learning agendas can be a useful tool to identify and prioritize evaluation, data analysis, and research activities taking place within agencies.
The White House Office of Management and Budget’s recent government reform plan and the President’s Management Agenda include encouragement for agencies to develop learning agendas. This event will provide an opportunity for agencies to learn from each other about different approaches to developing and implementing learning agendas, including discussion on stakeholder engagement, partnering with program offices, implementation, and dissemination.


Featured speakers include

  • Diana Epstein, Evidence Team Lead, Office of Management and Budget
  • Nick Hart, Director, Evidence-Based Policymaking Initiative, Bipartisan Policy Center
  • Maia Jachimowicz, Vice President, Evidence-Based Policy Implementation, Results for America
  • Terell Lasane, Lead Program Evaluator, Office of the Chief Financial Officer, Small Business Administration
  • Demetra Nightingale, Institute Fellow, Urban Institute
  • Pamela Hughes Patenaude, Deputy Secretary, Housing and Urban Development 
  • Melissa Patsalides, Acting Deputy Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Policy, Planning, and Learning, US Agency for International Development
  • Erika Poethig, Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer, Urban Institute
  • Emily Schmitt, Deputy Director, Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, US Department of Health and Human Services
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Registration and breakfast will be available at 9:00 a.m. The program will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m. Please contact [email protected] with any questions regarding this event.

Support for this event is provided by Laura and John Arnold Foundation. For more information on the Urban Institute’s funding principles, go to


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Date & Time Thursday, October 18, 2018
Urban Institute 2100 M Street NW
5th floor
Washington , DC , 20037
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