In 2016, the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking (CEP) was established by the bipartisan Evidence-Based Policymaking Commission Act. Jointly sponsored by Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), and signed by President Barack Obama, the Act recognizes that better use of existing data may improve how government programs operate. The mission of the Commission is to develop a strategy for increasing the availability and use of data in order to build evidence about government programs, while protecting privacy and confidentiality. Through the course of the Commission’s work, members will study how data, research, and evaluation are currently used to build evidence, and how to strengthen the government’s evidence-building efforts.
On November 4, 2016, the third meeting of the Commission took place, featuring panels on evaluation capacity considerations, data and capacity needs for government evaluation, capacity to support public good activities, and evaluation of capacity considerations from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The meeting was presided over by Katharine G. Abraham, Chair of the Commission, and Ron Haskins, Co-Chair.
Call to Order
Evaluation capacity considerations from a federal evaluation office: U.S. Department of Labor
Policy-driven demand for government evaluation: Data and capacity needs
9:00 amKatherine O’Regan Professor of Public Policy and Planning; Director of Master of Science in Public Policy Program - New York UniversityEvelyn Kappeler Director of the Office of Adolescent Health - U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Non-governmental demand for evaluation: Capacity to support public good activities
10:10 amJames X. Sullivan Professor of Economics - University of Notre Dame, Co-Founder - Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities
Evaluation capacity considerations from a federal evaluation office: U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families
11:30 amNaomi Goldstein Co-Chair - Interagency Working Group on Evidence Policy, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Planning, Research, and Evaluation - Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services