Results for America works with federal leaders to accelerate their use of evidence and data when making budget, policy, and management decisions. Our mission is to make investing in what works the “new normal,” so that when policymakers at the federal level make decisions, they start by seeking the best evidence and data available, then use what they find to get better results.
We do this by developing standards of excellence which highlight the government infrastructure necessary to invest in what works; supporting policymakers through tools, resources and technical assistance; and mobilizing champions committed to investing in what works.
We have worked with policymakers at the White House and in federal departments and agencies to help them meet the data and evidence standards in our Invest in What Works Federal Standard of Excellence; with our Invest in What Works Coalition partners to shift more than $2.6 billion in federal funds toward what works between FY 2014-2020; and collaborated with Members of Congress and their senior staff on recently-enacted evidence-based, results-driven legislation.
Results for America helped develop and enact the evidence provisions in the bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) which could help states and district shift up to $2 billion toward evidence-based, results-driven solutions annually in FYs 2017-2020. We also worked closely with policymakers at the U.S. Department of Education and Corporation for National and Community Service to shift competitive grant funds toward evidence-based solutions.
Results for America and our Invest in What Works Coalition supported the development and introduction of the Social Impact Partnerships to Pay for Results Act sponsored by U.S. Reps. Todd Young (R-IN) and John Delaney (D-MD) and the Social Impact Partnership Act sponsored by U.S. Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) and have helped increase public and Congressional support for Pay for Success and Social Impact Bonds.
Results for America also has testified before the Evidence-Based Policy Commission in support of our Invest in What Works coalition’s policy recommendations. Click to read Results for America’s primer and our two coalition letters submitted to the Commission on September 9, 2016 and July 25, 2017. Now that the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking has become law. Results for America has published the Evidence Act Resource Hub that is designed to help federal agency leaders and others within the evidence community make the promise of this law a reality.