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U.S. Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking

Policymakers need good information on which to base decisions in order to meet the demands of the American people for a government that operates effectively and tackles the problems that face the country. Whether developing regulations, setting funding levels, or determining which policies to advance, policymakers constantly demand that evidence be generated and available to meet this need. But today, too little evidence is produced to satisfy this demand.

In 2017, the U.S. Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking issued a bipartisan strategy for ensuring that rigorous evidence is created efficiently and as a routine part of government operations that can, in turn, be used to construct effective public policy. The Commission unanimously approved 22 recommendations to improve data access, strengthen privacy protections, and enhance government’s capacity for evidence building.

In September 2017, the Bipartisan Policy Center launched its Evidence-Based Policymaking Initiative to continue the work of the Commission, advocating for the implementation of all 22 recommendations.

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Statements and Testimonies

The Commission of Evidence-based Policymaking solicited input from stakeholders from Federal agencies, researchers, program evaluators, program administrators, advocacy organizations, foundations, non-profit organizations, and the business community to develop a comprehensive data strategy that supports secure evidence-building. The material below highlights statements from key stakeholders as well as testimony submitted as feedback for the Commission’s consideration.

Commission of Evidence-Based Policymaking Case Studies

Credible data inform federal decision-making on a variety of policy topics. The Commission on Evidence-based Policymaking was established to develop a strategy for increasing data availability and use in the federal government while protecting privacy and confidentiality. The following case studies presented to the Commission and arranged by topic demonstrate how data, research, and evaluation are used to build evidence, and how to strengthen the government’s evidence-building efforts while minimizing data risk and supporting privacy efforts.

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