Chief evaluation officer (CEO) is one term for a federal official responsible for coordinating evidence-building efforts and encouraging high-quality, independent evaluations across a federal agency’s offices to institutionalize a culture of building and applying evidence. CEOs may have different titles and sit at different organizational levels within departments, but they should adhere to common principles. CEOs often work with agencies to develop learning agendas, connect research and evaluations with performance management, and oversee dedicated funding from Congress that can be allocated to evaluation activities around the agency. Building on the recommendations of the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking’s final report and the president’s fiscal year 2019 budget, the president’s government reform plan directs agencies to “designate a senior official responsible for coordinating the agency’s evaluation activities.”
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