When does a social program need an impact evaluation?

Many social policies and programs were assumed to be effective, but were eventually proven not to be.

Five take-aways from the evidence-based policymaking report to Congress

Last week marked an important milestone in how the federal government might use and build evidence in the future.

Should Congress take a page from the gainful employment playbook?

Gainful employment data suggest that Congress should rethink its approach to holding all colleges accountable for their graduates' debt-to-earnings ratio.

Funds raised for child poverty should rely on evidence for greater impact

Red Nose Day raised $38 million in the United States this year. These funds should support evidence-tested programs that improve children's lives.

Should we abandon College Scorecard?

Consumer-facing websites like the Department of Education’s College Scorecard may not have the impact policymakers expect.

For the real story on disability, look at the data

A recent article in a national paper fails to tell the complete story on disabilities, poverty, and the government programs that support disabled people.

Three lessons from the Social Innovation Fund to improve federal grantmaking

The Social Innovation Fund was eliminated in the recent budget deal, but its best elements can live on in other areas of federal grantmaking.

To ensure green finance is really “green,” tie financing to results

Though many consider all green finance innovative, most instruments are conventional and could be improved by a heightened emphasis on results.

How jobseekers can benefit from employment data

The Bureau of Labor Statistics releases a regular report with data useful not just for labor economists and researchers, but also for jobseekers.

Only data can tell us if jobs are “coming back”

Public interest in manufacturing and mining jobs is higher than usual, but to see if new policies and programs are working, we need data.