Evidence Act Briefs

Achieving the Promise of the Evidence Act

The principle behind evidence-based policymaking is simple: government decisions should be based on rigorous evidence and data about what works. Policymakers should start each decision-making process by seeking the best evidence and data available, then use that information to adopt policies and direct funding in a way that achieves better results for the  American people. 

Federal policymakers took a major step forward in measuring and improving the impact of federal government programs with the passage of the Foundations for Evidence-based Policymaking Act. The bill, known as the Evidence Act, was passed by Congress with overwhelming support from both parties, and was signed into law in early 2019.

Results for America was proud to support this bipartisan law, and we are committed to working with bipartisan leaders in Congress, committed federal civil servants, and other evidence-based policy champions across the country to help achieve the promise of the Evidence Act.

To advance that goal, we have released several briefs to help federal agency leaders and others within the evidence community make the promise of this law a reality:


1.) The Promise of the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policy Act and Proposed Next Steps






2.)  A Section-by-Section Summary of Major Provisions of the Evidence Act







3.) Summary of the White House Office of Management and Budget Guidance on Phase 1 Implementation of the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act of 2018