The promise of integrated data systems for social policy reform: A Q&A with Dennis Culhane and John Fantuzzo

Actionable Intelligence for Social Policy (AISP) is an initiative funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, with the purpose of improving the quality of education, and health and human service agencies’ policies and practices through the use of integrated data systems.  AISP aims to build a nationwide professional network of data expertise…

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White House Promotes IDS for Low Cost RCTs

The Office of Science and Technology Policy and the Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy convened leaders from the White House, Federal agencies, Congress, philanthropic foundations, and academia this week to explore an important development in the effort to build credible evidence about “what works” in social spending: low-cost randomized controlled trials (RCTs). The goal of the conference was…

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New York Times Reports Ways in Which Poverty is Being Addressed

In a recent op-ed, The New York Times described today’s state of poverty and society’s gradual but evident steps towards progress to amend it. Although the issue of poverty has yet to be resolved, progress in repairing social problems has emerged in several identified areas. The report breaks this down into three categories. First, organizations…

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The Coalition for Evidence Based Policy Seeks Letters of Intent for RCT

The Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy recently put out a call for letters of intent for a domestic Randomized Control Trial (RCT). The due date for these letters is February 14, 2014.  Applicants will be notified prior to March 21, 2014 if they are invited to submit a full proposal. Three low-cost RCTs will be funded….

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Key Developments from the Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy

The Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy (CEBP) reported in their most recent memo that the Department of Education recently published Common Guidelines for Education Research and Development. In this memo, CEBP also announced the completion of their latest white paper, Practical Evaluation Strategies for Building a Body of Proven-Effective Social Programs.

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Administrative Data Systems Key in Producing Rigorous and Low-Cost Program Evaluations Finds the Coalition for Evidence Based Policy

The Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy (http://coalition4evidence.org ) recently published an overview and demonstration of rigorous-but-low-cost program evaluations. The publication highlights the use of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) with administrative data systems, providing a number of examples from existing studies. RCTs have long been a best practice with respect to program evaluation. The use of integrated…

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