Results for America and the William T. Grant Foundation hosted a Capitol Hill forum today to identify how the federal government can help state and local governments build their capacity for evidence-based policymaking in the next five years. As the federal government continues to embrace data and evidence in its policies and programs, local and state governments must also enhance their own ability to build and use evidence to get better results for the people they serve.
Results for America CEO and Co-founder Michele Jolin issued the following statement today after the U.S. House of Representatives passed the final version of S.991, the Evidence-Based Policymaking Commission Act. This legislation would provide policymakers with more information and access to data so that government can make better decisions about what programs are really working for young people, families, and communities.
A report released by Bloomberg Philanthropies’ What Works Cities initiative identifies the challenges and opportunities for closing the gap between cities’ desire to use data in decision making and actual ability to do so. The report finds that city leaders nationwide want to use data, evidence and evaluation to address challenges such as safety, economic development, and affordable housing, however many lack the resources, tools and expertise to turn their data into solutions.
Results for America, the campaign manager for What Works Cities, announced today that former Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter and former New York City Chief Analytics Officer Mike Flowers will serve as 2016 What Works Cities (WWC) Senior Fellows, providing expert guidance to city leaders in participating What Works Cities as they expand their use of data and evidence to improve residents’ lives.
The What Works Media Project, a new partnership between Results for America and Story Matters, a social-issue film production company, will add the power of storytelling to the effort to move policymakers to use evidence and data to get better results.
A new report released today outlines nine key policy recommendations that would increase the use of data and evidence to strengthen the impact of Head Start, the Federal government’s largest early childhood education program.