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Evidence-Based Policymaking Collaborative

With support from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, the Urban Institute, Brookings Institution, American Enterprise Institute, and Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative have formed the Evidence-Based Policymaking Collaborative.

To learn more about the Collaborative and see the full collection of research, visit

About the Collaborative

Momentum for evidence-based policymaking is building at all levels of government, from federal legislation funding rigorous evaluations to the bipartisan Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking to states looking to make funding decisions based on results. The Collaborative will leverage the expertise of Urban, Brookings, AEI, and Results First researchers to create tools and host convenings to inform evidence-based policymaking efforts.

Tools will include:

  • Principles of Evidence-Based Policymaking: An outline of the core principles that apply to policymaking at every level of government.
  • Evidence-Based Policymaking Toolkit: Actionable strategies to advance an evidence-based policymaking agenda, including both existing approaches that can be implemented in new areas and fresh ideas applicable to multiple policy contexts.
  • Policy briefs: Practical policy proposals that demonstrate where evidence-based strategies can be applied in different areas of social policy or to specific issues.

The collaborative will also host roundtables and briefings to share our resources and discuss how best to apply the principles and tools to different levels of policymaking.

Finally, the Collaborative will run an Innovation Prize competition in 2017 to recognize people and institutions proposing new and practical approaches to expand evidence-based policymaking.

The opinions expressed in Collaborative products do not necessarily reflect the views of all members of the Evidence-Based Policymaking Collaborative.

Associated researchers

Robert Doar
Morgridge Fellow in Poverty Studies
American Enterprise Institute (AEI)

Andrew R. Feldman
Visiting Fellow, Center on Children and Families
Brookings Institution

Ron Haskins
Senior Fellow, Economic Studies
Co-Director, Center on Children and Families
Brookings Institution

Justin Milner
Senior Research Associate
Director, Pay for Success Initiative and Evidence-Based Policymaking Collaborative
Urban Institute

Erika C. Poethig
Institute Fellow
Director, Urban Policy Initiatives
Urban Institute

Torey Silloway
Research Manager
Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative

Gary VanLandingham
Principal Officer
Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative

Advisory Group

Mary Ann Bates
Deputy Director
J-PAL North America

Sandy Davis
Senior Advisor
Bipartisan Policy Center

Frank Farrow
Center for the Study of Social Policy

Bill Hoagland
Senior Vice President
Bipartisan Policy Center

Patrick Lester
Social Innovation Research Center

David Medina
Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder
Results for America

Karen Pittman
President and CEO
The Forum for Youth Investment

Robert Shea
Principal, Public Sector
Grant Thornton LLP

Nicole Truhe
Director of Government Affairs
America Forward

Vivian Tseng
Vice President, Program
William T. Grant Foundation

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