Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking Releases Final Report

Find full report here.  Last Thursday afternoon, the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking (the “Commission”) held a press conference to present their final recommendations aimed at simultaneously improving the availability of rigorous evidence to inform policymaking and the security of citizens’ private, personal information. As Katharine Abraham, chairperson of the Commission said, “We think we can…

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How states and localities are improving the quality of education, health, and human services through integrated data systems: An interview with Dennis Culhane

Programs and agencies in government often exist in silos, where the efforts of one aren’t necessarily connected with others and their data are not shared between them. That slows the process within government of learning what works, coordinating efforts, spurring social innovation, and continuous improvement. A growing number of states and localities, however, are developing Integrated…

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Chapin Hall Announces RFP: Using Linked Data to Advance Evidence-Based Policymaking

Government policymakers and program managers at the Federal, State, and local levels are under increasing pressure to ensure that their programs are achieving better results at lower cost. In many programs serving vulnerable populations, policymakers and managers lack access to information about what outcomes programs are achieving and to evaluations that can inform policy decisions…

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Everything you need to know about the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking

If you thought that Democrats and Republicans couldn’t agree on anything, you were wrong. In an era of perhaps unprecedented partisanship in Washington, DC, every moment of collaborative policymaking is notable. That’s why we should take a moment to celebrate the bipartisan bill President Obama signed into law to start a federal Commission on Evidence-Based…

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New York City’s Turnaround on Poverty

In America’s biggest cities, more and more Americans are now living in poverty. From 2000 to 2013, the poverty rate in America’s 20 largest cities grew by 36 percent, to an average of 22.7 percent. Nationally, the poverty rate has risen too, from 11.3 percent in 2000 to 14.8 percent in 2014. But there’s one…

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Laura and John Arnold Foundation launches $15 million competition to use evidence-based programs to “move the needle” on major social problems

HOUSTON, TX—As part of its effort to encourage governments to make decisions based on rigorous research and reliable evidence, the Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF) today launched the Moving the Needle Competition, which will provide funding for state and local governments and nonprofit organizations that implement highly effective social programs in an effort to…

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DQC National Summit: April 26 – Time to Act: Making Data Work for Students

The Data Quality Campaign will host a national summit, “Time to Act: Making Data Work for Students,” on Tuesday, April 26, in Washington, DC. Meeting our nation’s education goals is impossible without empowering those closest to students with the data they need to make decisions. At this summit, DQC will unveil a bold new vision…

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J-PAL Creates Resources on How to Obtain and Use Nonpublic Administrative Data

“Administrative data are information collected, used, and stored primarily for administrative (i.e., operational), rather than research, purposes. These data can be an excellent source of information for use in research and impact evaluation.” “J-PAL North America has developed a guide that provides practical guidance on how to obtain and use nonpublic administrative data for a…

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Chapin Hall launches ‘Voices of Youth Count’

Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago is launching Voices of Youth Count, a multi-year original research and policy effort designed to understand how many unaccompanied runaway youth and young people experiencing homelessness there are in the United States. The effort also aims to create a clear and full picture of what it means to…

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Allegheny County’s Research on Integrated Administrative Data That Improves Foster Care Outcomes is Highlighted in GovTech Article

“Sharing Data Key to Improving Foster Care Outcomes”  “An average of 32 percent of foster students change schools in a given year, making data sharing imperative to improving their educational success.” States that share data among child welfare and education agencies have a better chance of lessening some of the barriers foster care students face…

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LJAF Launches Evidence-Based Policy and Innovation Division in Washington, D.C.

The Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF) today announced the launch of its new Evidence-Based Policy and Innovation division. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the new division will develop and support initiatives that encourage policy leaders to consider reliable evidence and data as the primary factor in their decisions. Kathy Stack and Jon Baron, two of…

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OMB’s Kathy Stack’s Impact on Government Shouldn’t be Overlooked

Kathy Stack retired after 34 years in government on Feb. 20. Most people probably never heard of her, saw her speak or even understand the impact she had on the management of government. But Stack, who spent the last 28 years at the Office of Management and Budget, was the quiet leader behind the move…

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3 Questions: Amy Finkelstein on testing health care systems

Amy Finkelstein, an MIT economist, explains why randomized trials can improve medical care. “About 80 percent of studies of U.S. medical interventions use randomized controlled trials (RCTs), the gold standard of laboratory research. But only about 18 percent of studies of U.S. health care delivery use RCTs. That can and should change, suggests Amy Finkelstein,…

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