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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.

The Initiative

BPC’s Evidence-Based Policymaking Initiative will support the implementation of the recommendations of the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking in the months and years ahead. Specifically the initiative will provide advice and expertise on implementation options and strategies, extending the work of the Commission as Congress develops legislation and as the Executive Branch devises regulations, policies, and standards to improve the generation of evidence in the country.

Learn about the initiative. 


The initiative co-chairs include: 

  • Katharine G. Abraham, former Chair of the U.S. Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking.
  • Ron Haskins, former Co-Chair of the U.S. Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking.

Advisory Council

All former Members of the U.S. Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking have been invited to serve on the initiative’s advisory council to continue to provide expertise and advice in implementing the Commission’s recommendations.

Learn more about BPC's work on Evidence-Based Policymaking