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Using Evidence in Policy and Program Decisions

Urban Institute
2100 M St NW, 5th Floor
Washington, DC 20037
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Join the Urban Institute and the Bipartisan Policy Center for a discussion about using data and evaluation evidence in federal decision making.

As federal agencies take steps to improve how they produce evidence, it is vital to understand how that evidence can be used.

Agencies are responding to calls from the administration and congressional leaders to strengthen their capacity to conduct formal evaluations, manage performance, and integrate data. The administration’s budget proposals and priorities, the 2017 report of the bipartisan Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking, and the recently passed Congressional Bipartisan Budget Act include important evidence and performance provisions.

Our panel of experts answer the following questions about using credible and rigorous evidence and analysis in making appropriate data-driven and evidence-based decisions: How is evidence being used in federal decision making? How can evidence be used in the future, and what additional evidence is needed? What are the challenges and opportunities in evidence-based decision making?



Katharine G. Abraham
Professor of Economics and Survey Methodology, University of Maryland
Former Chair, Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking, BPC

Laura Berntsen
Domestic Policy Advisor, United States Senate Committee on Finance

Yvette Chocolaad
Policy Director, National Association of State Workforce Agencies

Anne DeCesaro
Staff Director, Human Resources Subcommittee, House Committee on Ways and Means

David Muhlhausen
Director, National Institute of Justice

Lauren Supplee
Deputy Chief Operating Officer and Senior Program Area Director for Early Childhood Research, Child Trends

Tammy Tippee
Director, Performance Management and Evaluation, Intelligence Enterprise, Department of Homeland Security


Nick Hart
Director, Evidence-Based Policymaking Initiative, BPC

Demetra Nightingale
Institute Fellow, Urban Institute


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