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How States Use Data and Evidence for Policymaking: Current Trends and Future Opportunities

Bipartisan Policy Center
1225 Eye St NW, Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20005
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In recent years, policymakers at both the federal and state levels have made important strides in advancing the use of evidence-based policymaking. The federal Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking reported bipartisan recommendations for improving the use of federal data in September 2017, and recognized the critical role states play in making data available and useful for generating evidence. Many states, through gubernatorial and legislative initiatives, have increased evidence capacity in recent years and now more routinely incorporate the use of tools—such as cost-benefit and cost-effectiveness analysis—into their decision-making. But, both federal and state policymakers face significant challenges and limits in expanding the use of data to support evidence-based policymaking more widely.

Please join BPC and The Pew Charitable Trusts for an event that will pull together experts and stakeholders to discuss state challenges, successes, and practical lessons in the use of data and evidence to engage in informed policymaking.


Jessica Corvinus
Research and Evidence-Based Policy Manager, Colorado Office of State Planning and Budgeting

Sara Dube
Director, Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative, The Pew Charitable Trusts

Amber Ivey
Officer, Data as a Strategic Asset, The Pew Charitable Trusts

Eric W. Trupin 
Director of the Division of Public Behavioral Health and Justice Policy, University of Washington

David Yokum
Director, The Lab @ DC

Additional participants to be announced


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