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Andrew Feldman

Andrew Feldman is a director in the public sector practice at Grant Thornton. He also hosts the Gov Innovator podcast, with more than 160 interviews for results-focused leaders. His previous roles include a Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution, Special Advisor for Evidence-Based Policy at the U.S. Department of Education, a Special Advisor on the Evidence Team at the White House Office of Management, one of the top-three appointed leaders at Wisconsin’s labor department, a Senior Policy Advisor in the Office of Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle, a Staff Economist at the White House Council of Economic Advisors, and Special Assistant to the President at the social policy research firm MDRC. A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he has a B.A. in economics from Swarthmore College, an M.P.P. from the Harvard Kennedy School, and a Ph.D. in public policy from Harvard University.
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Social Science? Data Science? Evidence-Based Government Needs Both

September 25, 2018 Let’s say you’re a public-sector chief executive, or an agency or program leader who cares about building a culture of data-driven decision-making. In working to strengthen organizational capacity, should you prioritize: Traditional social science, such as rigorous program evaluation, that typically uses custom-made datasets (created for a particular study) to...

What Government’s Broken Strategic Planning Needs: Evidence

July 26, 2018 Why do so many strategic plans by government agencies and jurisdictions fail, ending up on the shelf as expensive paperweights? One reason is that, too often, they’re developed by a narrow group—usually a strategic planning team working with leadership. The plans hardly ever achieve broader buy-in from staff and other...

OMB Wants To Strengthen a Learning Culture in Government

May 21, 2018 Amazon, Apple and Google are examples of Fortune 500 companies that are known as learning organizations. They relentlessly pursue knowledge creation and transfer, leading to improvements in products and practices. By actively managing their institutional learning, they serve their customers’ needs—and their bottom lines. In government, on the other hand,...

What Government Really Can Learn from Business

March 22, 2018 President Trump campaigned on running government more like a business. Now that he’s in office, what should he—and the department leaders he appoints—do to make federal agencies run more like America’s most successful companies? It can’t be just about minimizing spending. Amazon became one of the most valuable companies in...

For High-Performance Government, Deputy Secretaries Need to Act Like Chief Operating Officers

December 19, 2017 Legislation is pending in Congress that would require every federal department to have a chief data officer and a chief evaluation officer. The bill, based on recommendations from the Commission on Evidence-Based Policy, would advance data-driven decision-making in policy and management. Yet, standing alone, the new legislation would not be...

Is Your Agency Ready for New Evidence-Based Policy Tools?

October 16, 2017 The Commission on Evidence Based Policymaking, launched last year by Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., recently released its recommendations. They include a call for federal departments to 1) establish chief evaluation officers to help coordinate and prioritize program evaluation activities; and 2) develop...

Fighting the Opioid Epidemic with Evidence and Innovation

August 22, 2017 What will it take to tackle our nation’s opioid epidemic, with more than 140 Americans dying every day from overdoses of prescription opioids and heroin? Money is important—federal and state governments are spending billions through Medicaid, the Substance Abuse Block Grants, and the recent 21st Century Cures Act. But funding...

It’s Time To Bust Some Myths About How States Can Use Federal Funds

July 5, 2017 How can federal agencies help governors, mayors and other local leaders craft innovative solutions to pressing policy challenges, even in an era of flat or declining funding? A remarkable finding from the Federal Performance Partnership Pilots for Disconnected Youth (P3) initiative suggests a way: Federal agencies can unleash creative new...

Agencies Need to Get Savvy About Low-Cost Program Evaluation

March 28, 2017 If President Trump’s budget blueprint is any indication, most agencies soon will face significant budget cuts. That makes it more important than ever to get the most impact from every program dollar. To do that, agencies will need to use rigorous program evaluation to learn what works and what doesn’t,...

Here’s Something We Can All Agree On: Agencies Need to Deliver Results

March 14, 2017 These days, politics bombards us at the speed and persistence of the Internet, social media (including tweets from the president) and 24-hour cable news. As a result, we obsess over optics and outrages, while ignoring important questions about whether the federal government is producing results that improve Americans’ lives. It...