The emphasis on evidence-based decisionmaking has increased over the past 10 years at all levels of government. At the federal level, the number of proven practices that have been adopted—such as developing learning agendas and integrating performance management with program evaluation—varies between agencies. Administrators and policymakers have a strong interest in expanding their capacity to better use evidence to inform decisions and improve program results.
The Urban Institute’s Federal Evaluation Forum consists of (1) facilitated federal evaluation workshops for federal staff and administrators and (2) public seminars and conferences on issues related to evidence-based policymaking. The forum is coordinated with the Evidence-Based Policymaking Collaborative, the Bipartisan Policy Center, the Forum for Youth Investment, and other organizations. The federal evaluation workshops are held four times a year and are designed to advance professional development and skills. The Federal Evaluation Forum is funded by grants from the Annie E. Casey, Laura and John Arnold, and W.T. Grant Foundations.
What Is Evidence?: Basics of Evidence Brief #1
October 26, 2021
Federal Evaluation Forum Past Events
Building Evidence and Learning Agendas in Federal Agencies
October 18, 2018
Using Evidence in Policy and Program Decisions
April 24, 2018
Federal Evaluation Workshop Materials and Presentations
The following PowerPoint presentations were presented at the Urban Institute’s Federal Evaluation Forum workshops.
Learning Agendas & Evidence to Inform Programs and Policies (August 2019)
Learning Agendas & Evidence to Inform Programs and Policies (June 2019)
Mixed Method Evaluations: Opportunities and Challenges
Using Evidence for Program and Policy Decisions
Building Evidence Culture and Capacity
Clearinghouses, Registries, Directories
Benefit-Cost Analysis to Inform Policymaking
Building Evidence into Agency Management Processes
Evaluation in Planning and Performance Activities