Roundtable: Evidence-Based Policy within Federal Agencies: Updates on Progress and Opportunities for the Future
(Public and Non-Profit Management and Finance)

Thursday, November 2, 2017: 3:30 PM-5:00 PM
Acapulco (Hyatt Regency Chicago)

*Names in bold indicate Presenter

Roundtable Organizers:  Andrew Feldman, Brookings Institution
Moderators:  Andrew Feldman, Brookings Institution
Speakers:  Thomas Brock, Institute of Education Sciences, Molly Irwin, U.S. Department of Labor, Ron Jarmin, U.S. Census Bureau and Kathy Stack, Laura and John Arnold Foundation

There has been a growing movement, championed by both Republicans and Democrats, to improve program results and get more bang-for-the-buck from federal spending. The evidence movement focuses on helping and encouraging federal agencies to use rigorous evidence and program evaluation, data and innovation to achieve better outcomes for the American people and increase taxpayer value. It dovetails with similar efforts at the state and local levels. The movement's bipartisan support was underscored by the 2016 launch of the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking, sponsored by Democratic Senator Patty Murray and Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan. In this roundtable we will hear updates from three Federal agency officials who have been closely involved in evidence efforts within their agencies. We also get perspective from the former head of the Evidence Team at the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) during the Obama Administration. The roundtable will begin with a moderated discussion and then take questions from the audience.