Building Evidence Culture and Capacity in Federal Agencies


Building Evidence Culture and Capacity in Federal Agencies


Policymakers are increasingly interested in using data and evaluations to improve the results of federal programs. In 2016, Congress created the bipartisan Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking, charged with developing recommendations to support analysis, research, and evaluation of government programs. The Commission’s 2017 report included recommendations in three areas: improving access to data, strengthening privacy protections, and improving agency evidence-building capacity in federal agencies.This brief focuses on the third priority: building evidence capacity that aligns with the commission’s recommendations. Suggestions are presented for how federal agencies can establish, strengthen, and sustain evidence-building strategies for program evaluations and other types of evidence.

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