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Evidence in Congress: Charting a New Direction for Using Evidence to Inform Legislative Decision-Making

Capitol Visitor Center
Room SVC 208-209
Washington, DC 20004
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On April 11, BPC held a conversation about Congress’ use of evidence in reaching policy decisions, and strategies for increasing use. The event featured a new report from BPC that discusses the barriers to using evidence in congressional actions that affect decision-making processes, norms, and institutional structures. During the event, BPC offered options for addressing these challenges and for establishing a stronger culture of evidence in Congress. Views and reactions from Hill veterans and practitioners highlighted the event.


Opening remarks by:

Michael Steele
Former Lieutenant Governor of Maryland
Board Member, BPC

Panel I: Options for Expanding the Use of Evidence in Congress:

Sandy Davis
Senior Advisor, BPC

Tim Shaw
Senior Policy Analyst, BPC

Panel II: Practitioners’ Views on Congressional Use of Evidence:

Dan Blair
Former President, National Academy of Public Administration
Senior Counselor, BPC

Alaina Flannigan
Science and Technology Policy Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science

Holly Harvey
Former Deputy Assistant Director for Budget Analysis, Congressional Budget Office

Ryan Martin
Republican Staff, Senate Finance Committee

Evidence Use in Congress is a two-volume report in which BPC considers the challenges faced by the legislative branch in using evidence, and offers potential solutions for more readily using evidence to inform key decisions.

Volume 1, Challenges for Evidence-Based Policymaking, provides an overview of the processes and mechanisms involved in congressional decision-making and outlines challenges faced by Congress in routinely using evidence in legislative actions.

Volume 2, Options for Charting a New Direction, presents 19 options that aim to align the use of evidence in Congress with its institutions, practices, and norms.


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