The work of a little-known and geeky-sounding federal commission may hold the key to more effective policymaking and a renewed culture of bipartisanship in a badly divided Congress. Despite the daily Sturm und Drang coming out of the Capitol, a congressionally established commission has been quietly doing the public’s work
Evidence-based policymaking holds the potential to give lawmakers valuable metrics on the most effective approaches for delivering government services. While its application to date has been focused on efficient social interventions, the analytic tools can and should also be applied to the broader array of government spending and tax programs including defense, foreign assistance, and scientific investments.
At the Bipartisan Policy Center, we are exploring ways that Congress can use data and rigorous evidence more effectively in the routine budget, authorization and appropriations process. It is important that Congress has a robust capacity to digest research and evaluations.