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What Mid-Size Cities Can Teach Feds About Performance

November 18, 2016 Early lessons have begun to emerge from the three-year, $42 million effort launched last year by Bloomberg Philanthropies to help 100 mid-sized cities improve their performance through open data, performance management, evaluation, and results-driven contracting. Cities are front line implementers for numerous federal programs, including those in transportation, education, health...

The Future of Evidence-Based Policy Hangs on the Trump-Ryan Relationship

November 14, 2016 Like nearly every other aspect of the federal political landscape, prospects for evidence-based policymaking were upended by the stunning results of the 2016 elections. Pre-election polls had predicted a continuation of divided government, with Democrats winning the presidency and possibly the Senate, while Republicans retained control of the House. Had...

Evidence-Based Policy Proponents Face Cost, Privacy, Political Hurdles

October 26, 2016 After three initial meetings, early hints are beginning to emerge on what may eventually become a package of recommendations from the congressionally authorized Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking. Enacted in March, the bipartisan commission has been tasked with developing recommendations that would bolster evidence-based policy, principally by making federal data more...

Republicans Deploy an Old Tool in Combating Poverty: Evidence

June 14, 2016 House Republicans staked their claim to a share of the evidence-based policy movement last week. The proposals were embedded in a larger Republican framework for addressing poverty, the first in a series of such reports that are expected to be released over the next few weeks. The framework, backed by...

Obama Administration’s New Performance Grade: Improved, But Work Remains

April 19, 2016 The Obama administration has made substantial progress in measuring federal program effectiveness, but more needs to be done to shift federal funding to programs that work, according to a scorecard released Monday by Results for America, a bipartisan advocacy organization that supports greater performance in government. "This administration believes in...

There’s New Hope for Proponents of Evidence-Based Policy

April 8, 2016 Efforts to broaden the use of data and research in federal policymaking may receive a substantial boost from a commission created by Congress last month. The new Evidence-based Policymaking Commission, established by legislation signed by President Obama on March 30, is charged with identifying ways to increase the use of...

Hidden In the Partisan Budget Divide: An Agreement on Evidence-Based Policy

February 19, 2016 Presidential budgets are often greeted with little enthusiasm when Congress is controlled by the opposite party. This year's Obama budget is no exception. But buried within the president's $4.15 trillion budget are recommendations on evidence-based policymaking that may prove more influential than some expect. This may not be readily apparent...

Pay for Success Can Stretch Agency Budgets, and Already Has

January 28, 2016 With authorizing legislation that would extend the concept now stalled in Congress, the Obama administration appears to be following an alternate path to supporting the small but growing model of performance-based government called pay for success. Like performance-based contracting, pay-for-success projects tie payments to proven results. They differ primarily because...

Does Pay for Success Work? Define 'Success'

November 17, 2015 An experiment in performance-based financing for government services, called pay for success, has raised questions about what should count as success after mixed results were announced at two demonstration sites in July and October. The sites — one in Rikers Island, New York, and the other in Salt Lake County,...

Driving Results in Cities Could Influence Federal Performance Efforts

June 22, 2015 Federal efforts to increase the use of data in performance management and evaluation may soon cross paths with a parallel effort at the city level. What Works Cities, a new $42 million, three-year initiative launched by Bloomberg Philanthropies in April, will be helping 100 mid-sized cities build out their data...