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Using Evidence for Impact: Data, Research, and Evaluation

The Urban Institute and The Pew Charitable Trusts invite you to a conversation about how federal and state agencies and other organizations can use evidence when making decisions. The Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act of 2018 and President Biden’s recent memorandum on restoring trust in government through scientific integrity and evidence-based policymaking both emphasize the importance of strengthening the federal infrastructure for evidence-informed policymaking.  

This forum will showcase how practitioners use evidence. It will highlight examples of using different types of evidence—performance metrics, administrative and statistical data, survey research, formal program evaluation results—when making decisions about policy, programs, and management.



  • Clemencia Cosentino, Chief Evaluation Officer, National Science Foundation 
  • Katherine Dawes, Evaluation Officer, Environmental Protection Agency
  • Diana Epstein, Evidence Team Lead, Office of Management and Budget
  • Allison Holmes, Senior Research Associate, Annie E. Casey Foundation
  • Batia Katz, Research Analyst, Urban Institute
  • Demetra Smith Nightingale, Institute Fellow, Urban Institute
  • Lauren Supplee, Senior Program Officer, William T. Grant Foundation
  • Vivian Tseng, Senior Vice President of Program, William T. Grant Foundation
  • David Yokum, Director, The Policy Lab, Brown University
  • Molly Irwin, Vice President of Research and Science, Pew Charitable Trusts (moderator) 



This event is part of the Urban Institute’s Federal Evaluation and Evidence 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.

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Date & Time Thursday, May 27, 2021

  • Research Analyst
  • Institute Fellow