Evidence-based policy capacity
Urban Institute experts contribute knowledge, expertise, and insights to evidence-based policymaking by conducting rigorous evaluations and research on programs’ outcomes and impacts; analyzing program data and performance; sponsoring conferences, workshops, and forums on evaluation and evidence topics; and providing technical assistance and training on strategies for adopting evidence-based practices.

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    Public officials at all levels of government and those who manage nonprofit human service organizations need regular, timely information on how well their services are achieving their objectives. Performance management uses performance information to improve the effectiveness, efficiency, and equity of public services.


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    In March 2016, Congress created the bipartisan Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking, charged with developing recommendations to support research and evaluation of government programs. The commission’s September 2017 report recommends that agencies adopt evidence-building strategies to support and use rigorous results from research and evaluation. The commission presented recommendations in three areas: improving access to data, strengthening privacy protections, and improving agency evidence-building capacity.  

    Urban Institute experts contribute knowledge, expertise, and insights to evidence-based policymaking by conducting rigorous evaluations and research on programs’ outcomes and impacts; analyzing program data and performance; sponsoring conferences, workshops, and forums on evaluation and evidence topics; and providing technical assistance and training on strategies for adopting evidence-based practices. Using evidence from high-quality research can help agencies target resources as efficiently as possible, improve performance and outcomes, and identify the best ways to structure data access, information privacy, and program operations and service delivery.

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    • Institute Fellow
    • Senior Fellow, Research
    • Principal Research Associate
    • Senior Fellow
    • Senior Policy Program Manager
    • Associate Vice President, Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy
    • Senior Fellow
    • Distinguished Fellow
      Director of the Public Management Program
    • Research Analyst
    • Senior Fellow
    • Senior Research Associate
      Lead, Climate and Communities Practice Area
    • Vice President, Research to Action Lab
    • Institute Fellow
    • Nonresident Fellow
    • Principal Research Associate
    • Research Associate
    • Senior Fellow
      Research Director, Urban–Greater DC
    • Senior Fellow
    • Associate Vice President for Justice Policy