The Promise of Evidence-Based Policymaking

The Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking has issued its final report – The Promise of Evidence-Based Policymaking – which includes nearly two dozen bipartisan recommendations for how the federal government can use data and evidence to improve outcomes for all.

Commission Chair Katharine Abraham, Commission Co-Chair Ron Haskins and the other Commissioners who spent 15 months carefully developing the recommendations included in this report. All 15 Members of the Commission – both Democratic and Republican appointees – signed this final report.

The Commission included several recommendations including proposals to create Chief Evaluation Officers at all federal agencies, invest up to 1 percent of federal program funds in evaluations, and create learning agendas at all federal agencies.

U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) championed the creation of this Commission, and have announced that they will introduce legislation to enact many of its key recommendations.

These actions demonstrate the strong and growing bipartisan commitment to using data and evidence to improve the impact of government investments in education and beyond.

To read the report, see The Promise of Evidence-Based Policymaking.