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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Launching the Data-Driven Justice Initiative: Disrupting the Cycle of Incarceration

Every year, more than 11 million people move through America’s 3,100 local jails, many on low-level, non-violent misdemeanors, costing local governments approximately $22 billion a year.In local jails, 64 percent of people suffer from mental illness, 68 percent have a substance abuse disorder, and 44 percent suffer from chronic health problems.Communities across the country have…

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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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Rachel Zinn, Director of the Workforce Data Quality Campaign, Answers Questions from the AISP Team in Regards to President Obama’s Budget and Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)

AISP: You are likely aware of the Administrative Data chapter in President Obama’s 2016 budget. What was your impression of its focus on “improving access to workforce data” and what do you think we can expect from this statement? Rachel Zinn: “We were thrilled to see that the 2016 President’s Budget includes proposals to expand…

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Low-Cost RCT Competition: Building Evidence To Drive Effective Social Spending

Demonstrating How Low-Cost Randomized Controlled Trials Can Drive Effective Social Spending: Project Overview and Request for Proposals Background and Purpose: In response to the White House and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) call to action for evidence-based reforms across the federal government, the Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy has launched a competition to select and…

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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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OMB Memo Stresses Evidence and Innovation

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) recently issued a memorandum titled Next Steps in the Evidence and Innovation Agenda. This memo stresses the application of existing evidence as paramount to creating a government that is more responsive to the needs of its citizens. This memo offers suggestions to help agencies advance their evidence and…

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