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Measuring and Assessing the Use of Evidence

Cohosted with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
In collaboration with the Office of Management and Budget

The purpose of conducting rigorous evaluations and building a base of strong evidence is to improve operations and results. For that to happen, evaluations and various other evidence-building activities should ideally be co-developed with end users, and the findings and results must be disseminated to and applied well by users and practitioners. How do agencies know if the evidence they are building is reaching the intended users? Is it being used, and if so, how?

This public virtual forum, hosted as part of the White House Evidence Forums series, will address

  1. How evidence gets transmitted effectively to appropriate users (e.g., policymakers, program administrators and staff, and communities and people affected by policies and programs) and
  2. How evidence use can be measured and assessed and what tools and strategies can be used (e.g., measurement tools, strategies for integrating users and practitioners early to ensure study relevance, accessing evidence, understanding evidence, absorption of evidence, and adoption of evidence-based practices).



  • Rekha Balu, Director of Federal Equity Initiatives and Co–Vice President of the Office of Race and Equity Research, Urban Institute
  • Brittany Borg, Chief Evaluation Officer, US Citizenship and Immigration Services
  • Diana Epstein, Evidence Team Lead, Office of Management and Budget
  • Calvin Johnson, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Research, Evaluation, and Monitoring, US Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Batia Katz, Research Analyst, Urban Institute
  • Demetra Smith Nightingale, Institute Fellow, Urban Institute
  • Kathryn Oliver, Associate Professor of Sociology and Public Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • Natalie Palugyai, Secretary, California Labor and Workforce Development Agency
  • Lauren Supplee, Senior Program Officer, William T. Grant Foundation




This event is part of the Urban Institute’s Federal Evaluation Forum. Support for the forum and this event is provided by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the William T. Grant Foundation. For more information on the Urban Institute’s funding principles, go to

We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals, including individuals with disabilities, to engage fully. Please email [email protected] if you require any accommodations or have any questions about this event.

  • Director of Federal Equity Initiatives
    Co-Vice President
  • Executive Vice President
  • Research Analyst
  • Institute Fellow