Results for America helps state leaders 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 state 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 an annual Invest in What Works State Standard of Excellence which highlights the state government infrastructure necessary to invest in what works; supporting policymakers through policy implementation; and mobilizing champions committed to investing in what works.

State Standard of Excellence
In October 2019, Results for America released the second Invest in What Works State Standard of Excellence which serves as a “north star” for how state governments can consistently and effectively use data and evidence in budget, policy, and management decisions to achieve better outcomes for their residents. In the 2019 Invest in What Works State Standard of Excellence, Results for America identified:

  • 125 leading and promising data-driven and evidence-based practices, policies, programs, and systems in effect in June 2019 in 33 states across the country.
  • Five Leading States: Colorado, Minnesota, Oregon, Utah, and Washington.
  • Three Rising Star States: Maryland, Nevada, and North Carolina.
  • Significant increases in the number of education and workforce examples in 2019, of  400% and 300% respectively since 2018.

The purpose of the 2019 Invest in What Works State Standard of Excellence is to inform policymakers and the public about state governments’ use of data, evidence, and evaluation to invest taxpayer dollars in what works. By identifying specific efforts currently underway in state governments, Results for America hopes to facilitate the broader adoption of evidence-based policymaking in state governments across the country.

Results for America convened a State Standard of Excellence Advisory Committee to help inform the development and research of the State Standard of Excellence and state policy strategy.

Achieve Better Results for Your State
Results for America’s “Achieve Better Results for Your State” is aimed at helping new state government leaders, including governors, harness the power of using data and evidence to improve outcomes. The Guide shares best practices, tools, and resources your state could leverage to achieve better results for your state’s residents.

State Policy Development and Implementation

K-12 Education Policy
Results for America’s State Education Fellows program, founded in December 2017, is helping 22 state education agency officials from 11 leading states implement the new evidence provisions in ESSA to improve education outcomes for all their students.

The fellowship is the first to bring together senior program and evaluation leaders from state education agencies into a single network focused on accelerating the generation and use of evidence. By supporting these innovative leaders who oversee states’ key education programs and evaluation efforts, Results for America is creating new champions in investing in what works and helping make evidence-based policymaking the new normal in education.

Workforce Development Policy
Results for America’s Evidence in Workforce Lab, launched in September 2019, features a State and Local Workforce Fellowship to help 23 data-driven state and local government leaders from seven leading states prioritize evidence and data to increasingly shift taxpayer dollars toward results-driven, evidence-based workforce solutions.

The fellowship is the first to bring together senior workforce leaders from state and local workforce agencies into a single network focused on accelerating the generation and use of evidence. By supporting these innovative leaders, Results for America is creating new champions in investing in what works and helping make evidence-based policymaking the new normal in workforce development.